Between promising advances and deepening concerns: A bottom-up review of trends in land governance 2015–2018

Cotula Lorenzo, Anseeuw Ward, Baldinelli Giulia Maria. 2019. Between promising advances and deepening concerns: A bottom-up review of trends in land governance 2015–2018. Land, 8 (7):106, 13 p.

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Abstract : An evolving land governance context compounds the case for practitioners to closely track developments as they unfold. While much research sheds light on key trends, questions remain about approaches for collective bottom-up analysis led by land governance practitioners themselves. This study presents findings from an initiative to test such an approach. Drawing on written submissions made in response to an open call for contributions, the study discusses global trends in land governance over the period 2015–2018. While not a comprehensive review nor a replacement for empirically grounded research, the study highlights some of the developments practitioners grapple with in their work. The findings point to the contrasting local-to-global trends that affect land governance in diverse agro-ecological and socio-economic settings: Growing commercial pressures on land, and shrinking spaces for dissent in many contexts, coexist with new avenues for public participation in land governance processes; while diverse approaches to securing land rights, whether individual or collective, possibly underpinned by new deployments of digital technology, can coexist or compete for policy traction within the same polity. This bottom-up trends analysis broadly correlates with available accounts based on empirical research, while also providing distinctive emphases that reflect the ways practitioners perceive the changing realities they are engaged with.

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Politique foncière, accès à la terre, Utilisation des terres, Gouvernance, gestion des ressources naturelles, approches participatives, Gestion foncière

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : Monde

Mots-clés libres : Land, Evolution, Governance

Classification Agris : E11 - Land economics and policies
D50 - Legislation
E50 - Rural sociology
P01 - Nature conservation and land resources

Champ stratégique Cirad : CTS 5 (2019-) - Territoires

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Cotula Lorenzo, IIED (GBR)
  • Anseeuw Ward, CIRAD-ES-UMR ART-DEV (ITA)
  • Baldinelli Giulia Maria, ILC (ITA) - auteur correspondant

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