Environment and Natural Resource Rights Sustain Rural Communities

Rural communities depend on many natural resources and ecosystems-wildlife, water, forests and pasture-for their livelihoods and well-being. But in most African countries, local people have few rights and little effective control over natural resources. Usually, governments control high-value natural resources and alone can grant the right to use or benefit from them.

  • Burkina Faso:   Striking Gold in Burkina Faso

    Focus on Land, 1 November 2013

    Burkina Faso is currently experiencing a dramatic gold mining boom. It has been fuelled by a hike in global gold prices and by government reforms aimed to attract Foreign Direct… Read more »

Secure tenure also means less potential for conflict and arbitrary eviction; increased opportunity for land rental and sales markets to transfer land to more productive users. And it builds household resilience to climate, environmental, financial, and health shocks by providing families a safety net.

  • Niger:   Rights to Trees and Livelihoods in Niger

    Focus on Land, 1 August 2012

    Traditionally, farmers in Niger and across the Sahel had developed practices to ensure the sustainable use of trees and tree products. But, beginning with the French colonial… Read more »

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