Land Governance: Civil Society Fine-tunes Community Engagement Strategy

 Women and other locals were on Tuesday trained in Yaounde on complementing government efforts in protecting community and communal lands

 

Some civil society organizations have fine-tuned a National Engagement Strategy for Land Governance, empowering local women, farmers, livestock breeders, amongst other land and environment stakeholders to effectively participate in defending land rights. They brainstormed on access and management of land in the country during a workshop organized at the Norbert Nkenne Memorial Peace House Yaounde, Tuesday April 25, 2017.
According to Dr. Ndi Richard Tanto, Coordinator of the Ecumenical Service for Peace, over 80% of conflicts in Africa are caused by land struggle, reason why concerted efforts have to be put in place to curb the rising tide. He was optimistic that if all and sundry get involved in the process, land related problems will become a thing of the past, thereby leading to sustainable development.
To Unusa Karimu, Board Member of the North West Regional Branch of the Mbororo Social, Cultural and Development Association, MBOSCUDA, many people often accuse the State “but most of us are involved in land misuse.” Unusa said they are poised to empower indigenous persons and local communities in defending their lands. “When we look at them now, the provisions which are there to define community and communal land are not strong enough. The State may not be everywhere at every time to defend local communities against multinational companies and land grabbers,” Unusa noted, adding that people need knowledge and strategies to defend their land rights.
Tuesday’s strategic workshop falls in line with the international campaign for engagement in ‘Land Rights Now’ campaign. The initiative of the International Land Coalition is being spearheaded in the country by the Centre for Environment and Development and the Mbororo Social, Cultural and Development Association, MBOSCUDA.

 

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