Tenure and land-use planning
Clarity of tenure provides communities that depend on forests with an incentive to manage forests sustainably and to contribute to better land-use planning. Weak recognition of tenure and access rights, absent or inconsistent spatial planning and illegal land allocation continue to expose natural forests, and the people dependent on them, to the risk of conversion to other, more lucrative land uses. Most conversion of forest land for production of internationally-traded commodities, including timber and several cash crops, is considered to be illegal. Measures to help reconcile conflicting land uses include clarifying legal frameworks for land allocation and commodity production, resolving disparities between customary and statutory tenure, and supporting national and subnational stakeholders to improve spatial planning. Such measures also provide incentives for sustainable use of natural resources, and ensure the legality and sustainability of commodity supply chains.
The work of the EU REDD Facility provides lessons and experiences to address tenure and land-use planning challenges at national and subnational levels.