Community guide: How to protect your community’s lands & resources

This guide describes several ways to secure documentation for community land and how to set up strong management systems for community land so that natural resources are best used and kept for future generations. We suggest that you carefully read all the options for legally documenting your community land and choose the option that you think will work best for your community. 

The process of setting up management systems and registering your community’s lands will be long and involve a lot of work. Your community will need to hold many meetings and make a lot of decisions. However, this work will result in more than formal protection for your land rights – your community will end up being more organized, more united, and more productive as a result. The goal of protecting your community lands is not only to safeguard the lands and resources, but also to ensure that your community – and your children and grandchildren – can grow and prosper.