Edward Loure takes home 2016 Goldman Prize for securing community land rights
Maasai leader Edward Loure has helped to secure almost 200,000 acres of land for traditional pastoralist communities in Northern Tanzania.
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".