WRI’s Land and Resource Rights project aims to ensure that rural people have secure rights over their land and natural resources.
In developing countries around the world, rural people are losing their land and natural resources—including property held under undocumented customary tenure arrangements and under formal statutory systems—with often profound adverse effects on livelihoods and well-being, and on local environments and ecosystem services. Rural people are losing their land and natural resources because of weak property rights and insecure tenure arrangements.
WRI’s Land and Resource Rights (LRR) project aims to ensure that rural people have secure rights over their land, as well as the natural resources located on and under their land. We work with governments, civil society organizations, development assistance agencies, and other actors to strengthen land and resource rights as a path to poverty reduction and environmental management. Operating primarily in Africa, our work is increasingly focusing on connections between land and equitable access to forests, food, and water.