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Assessing land tenure

Assessing land tenure governance in the areas where a company operates

The risks posed by weak land and forest tenure governance to companies and communities can be difficult to quickly identify. Fortunately, there is a growing body of research and databases that provide information on land and forest governance in the developing world. While these sources of information can be useful to guide a company’s research, they cannot replace careful, due diligence performed by a company’s staff and the robust consultations required by the VGGT.

  • World Bank Land Governance Assessment Framework (LGAF) provides detailed assessments of the land sector and the recognition of local tenure rights in more than 30 countries 18
  • Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index can give a company insights into the level of corruption and government accountability in a country as part of your due diligence process. Corruption in the land sector can lead to forced evictions and human rights abuses 19
  • Land Matrix is an online platform monitoring land investments that can help a company mitigate risks and understand global trends in land acquisitions. 20
  • Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI)’s research on forest tenure and community forestry will provide a company with up to date information on the current laws and tenure systems in countries where you might operate. 21