Involving government officials in the community land protection process

Depending on the local context, government officials can be powerful allies in the community land protection process. Because community land protection is, by nature, a political and legal process directly related to land governance and administration, communities and facilitators may find it useful - and often necessary - to invite relevant government officials to take part in community land protection efforts. It is often most helpful to seek out trusted officials who can be allies, or to proactively include officials that community members know, trust and respect. The more included and valued local officials feel, the greater likelihood that they will support a community’s efforts and help to make the land titling, registration or certification process flow as smoothly as possible.