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Strong, secure land rights empower people, are fundamental to rural identity, create incentives to sustainably manage land and help ensure that people can use and manage their land for their own development purposes (people‑centred land governance).
Multiple, often location‑specific challenges confound efforts to secure tenure for rural people to effectively adapt to climate change and contribute to climate mitigation. Three hurdles are common across many rural landscapes and particularly challenging to overcome or mitigate. Unless addressed, these hurdles can contribute to deepening the climate crisis.
- RURAL LAND AND SUSTAINABLE LAND USE ARE UNDER THREAT
- GOVERNMENTS ARE FAILING TO PROTECT RURAL LAND RIGHTS
- LAND AND ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENDERS ARE UNDER THREAT
But here are 5 next steps designed to secure land tenure for rural people to better adapt to climate change and contribute to climate mitigation:
- ENGAGE RURAL PEOPLE IN DECISION-MAKING PROCESSES
- SECURE TENURE AND PROTECT RURAL LAND RIGHTS
- ENSURE EFFECTIVE IMPLEMENTATION AND LAW ENFORCEMENT
- PROVIDE INCENTIVES FOR SOUND LAND USE MANAGEMENT
- PROTECT LAND AND ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENDERS