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In the three years of President John Magufuli’s regime, there has been unprecedented activity in Tanzania's natural resource management. Tundu Lissu, Tanzanian lawyer and member of Parliament, will discuss the many implications on the Tanzanian economy and international economic relations.


There is a strong and compelling environment and development case to be made for securing indigenous and community lands. Securing collective land rights offers a low-cost, high-reward investment for developing country governments and their partners to meet national development objectives and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Securing community lands is also a cost-effective climate mitigation measure for countries when compared to other carbon capture and storage approaches.


Global platform of indigenous and community lands


Indigenous and community lands, crucial for rural livelihoods, are typically held under informal customary arrangements.

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The “resource curse" describes the paradox where countries rich in oil, gas, and minerals remain largely impoverished. Better transparency—both in how governments spend extractive revenues and how natural resource decisions are made—could help tackle this problem. While some new initiatives are making progress on this front, more needs to be done to ensure that drilling and mining doesn’t come at the expense of communities and the land, water, and wildlife they rely on.

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