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id21NRNews 44
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Legalising women’s land rights in Lao PDR and Bolivia

Since the 1980s, governments and donors in many developing countries have promoted land titling. However, women still face major challenges to having their land rights recognised, despite official support for equal land titling.

The importance of common resources for poor rural people

Common resources and property, such as access to shared land, are
important to many rural livelihoods. However, many people’s access to
common resources is under threat from outside interests and insecure
legal rights.


Securing local resource rights in Africa: can the law support poor people?

In the last ten years, legal reforms in some African countries have given local people more secure rights over natural resources. But gaps and loopholes (ways to evade rules) limit the potential benefits of these reforms. More importantly, many people are unaware of their rights, or lack the knowledge or means to enforce them.


The challenge of inter-state water management

India’s Krishna River Basin covers three states and the river is used by 70 million people. This presents considerable challenges for managing water use. The overuse of water has led to water shortages in some areas, especially during droughts, and conflicts between states. How can such a vast water resource be managed effectively?

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Author: Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.

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