Quick Guide to Land and Conflict Prevention | Land Portal

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January 2011
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This Quick Guide to Land and Conflict Prevention presents approaches and alternatives for addressing tensions over land, resources and property which left unaddressed may lead to violent conflict. Historical grievances and competing claims to access rights, tenure insecurity and unequal distribution of land are common causes of such tension. Current trends in population growth, climate change, environmental degradation, resettlement, and land use patterns, including large scale acquisitions, create a very real and rapidly growing potential for conflict. Effective management of these and related dynamics is essential as demands multiply, resources diminish and competition increases. Presented in an easy to use format, this Quick Guide provides step-by-step guidance for conflict prevention actors working to prevent destructive violence in finding the space for policy, law, and institutional reforms in the land sector, and promoting just and workable solutions that are in line with international standards and effective practices. It sets out process-oriented measures which can help manage conflict and buy valuable time, as well as options for substantive responses that are crucial to address the underlying fundamental needs and grievances which can lead to conflict.

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Author(s), editor(s), contributor(s): 
John W. Bruce with Sally Holt

IQd is working to achieve a just and stable world without violent conflict, in which individuals and groups can peacefully reconcile their interests, enjoy their rights, satisfy their needs, and pursue social and economic development.

Our principal aim is to stimulate and inform institutional development within regional, sub-regional and other inter-governmental organisations to enable effective conflict prevention through early action and quiet diplomacy.

Our work consists of three primary areas:

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