LEI recognises that providing secure land and resource rights, accessible through the implementation of low cost, socially inclusive land administration systems, can help mitigate against the effects of climate change by encouraging sensible land use planning and incentivising good stewardship of land and natural resources. This is particularly the case for many communities around the world that live in areas considered “vulnerable” to climate change (e.g. areas in low elevation coastal zones).
Competing claims over land and natural resources lie at the heart of many world conflicts – be it between states, ethnic or religious groups, or individuals. Providing secure property and resource rights is central to engendering social stability and conflict avoidance. Clarifying land and resource rights plays an important part in conflict management, conflict mitigation and post conflict reconstruction.
LEI recognises that broadening access to productive natural resources and securing property rights are necessary conditions for achieving food security. An egalitarian approach to the provision of secure tenure can facilitate economic transactions, ensuring efficient and sustainable resource use, allowing for the evolution of effective credit markets, improving the business climate and investment opportunities, and ensuring economic accountability and transparency.
We use a variety of forums and mediums to ensure that all groups are represented and considered in the design and implementation of land administration reforms, especially women and vulnerable groups. Improving tenure security offers benefits to women and other socially-disadvantaged groups by creating a level playing field for land holders to register their rights and transact these rights in an open and transparent manner. LEI has been recognised by donors for our successful and innovative approaches that encourage broad participation and gender inclusion.
Increased global pressure on land resources (arising from factors including population growth, urbanisation, increased demand for agricultural/ food production, the switch to bio fuels, climate change and the requirement to protect biodiversity and natural resources) presents a new set of challenges to those responsible for developing land policy and ensuring that appropriate legislative frameworks, institutional structures and administrative systems are in place to provide security of tenure and resource rights.
We understand the important role the private sector plays in driving economic development. Creating an investment climate in which the private sector can flourish is fundamental to encouraging economic growth. Rules that clarify property rights, together with efficient tenure delivery systems, facilitate the decision making necessary to generate economic growth and encourage private sector investment and development.