Tuesday, August 18, 2009
PUBLICATION: KIT Dossier on NRM and Land Tenure
The Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) has published a new dossier on natural resource management and land tenure within the context of decentralization and governance. The aim of the KIT programme on rural decentralization and local governance is to further decentralization and governance in support of sustainable social and economic development. A specific objective is to develop knowledge on the way local governance institutions relate to, and are involved in land governance, land use, and decision-making on the management of natural resources. This dossier deals with the management of natural resources and the governance of land, which determine access to and control of assets that play a key role in rural livelihoods and often also in power relations. Due to population growth, depletion of resources, poor land potential and climate change, pressure on land and natural resources is growing, resulting in competing claims. The emergence of local governments in rural areas is changing the institutions that influence access, control and management, and thus the sustainable use of these resources.