Customary and community land tenure is a set of rules and customs that govern the use of and access to land and other natural resources. Studies estimate that over 50 percent of land in Sub-Saharan Africa is governed by customary practices. However, most governments do not recognize customary land tenure or community land ownership, with even less having the community and customary boundaries mapped. Many communities and indigenous groups around the world rely on community and customary lands for their livelihood, food, and cultural and religious practices. The insecurity of community and customary land tenure makes these communities and indigenous groups susceptible to evictions, land grabs, land disputes, and resource extraction.
When documenting community lands, Cadasta trainers take a bottom-up approach by using participatory mapping techniques that include all stakeholders, including women, elderly, and youth, as well as various interest groups, such as farmers, herders, and forest dwellers.
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Local communities can document, map, and manage their land claims and advocate for strengthened land rights.
Indigenous groups can map their community boundaries and defend their claims to resources such as water, forests, and spiritual sites.
Governments can overcome the constraints and challenges imposed by conventional land administration systems to gain a more detailed understanding of community and customary lands.