Edward Loure takes home 2016 Goldman Prize for securing community land rights

Lunes, 18th Abril 2016

Maasai leader Edward Loure has helped to secure almost 200,000 acres of land for traditional pastoralist communities in Northern Tanzania.

The ILC would like to extend a warm congratulations to Edward Loure of ILC member organisation, Ujamaa Community Resource Team (UCRT) on receiving the 2016 Goldman Environmental Prize. 

In Northern Tanzania, increased competition over limited land  has pushed communities like the Maasai out from their traditional lands for decades in the name of "development". Edward and his team at UCRT have helped Indigenous Peoples' communities establish Certificates of Customary Right of Occupancy (CCROs), reinforcing the idea that community-based, as opposed to individual, natural resource management is beneficial to our ecosystem. 

Edward has been working for the past 20 years with Maasai communities  to help them secure their rights over customary lands, and to be able to sustainably manage their territories. "Giving communities legal title to land is, he says, the key to reducing human-wildlife conflicts and stimulating sustainable development in rural Tanzania".

Read more on Edward on the Goldman Prize website

Guardian article "Tanzanian land rights victory earns Masaai leader Goldman prize"