Seventy-five percent of the world’s poor live in rural areas and most are involved in agriculture. In the 21st century, agriculture remains fundamental to economic growth, poverty alleviation, and environmental sustainability. Increased global demand for land because of higher and more volatile food prices, urbanization, and use of land for environmental services implies an increased need for well-designed land policies at the country level to ensure security of long-held rights, to facilitate land access, and to deal with externalities.
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Library ResourceJournal Articles & BooksDecember, 2012Global
Library ResourceTraining Resources & ToolsJanuary, 2012Global
ResourceContracts.org is a repository of publicly available oil, gas, and mining contracts in machine-readable, searchable, open data format. ResourceContracts.org promotes greater transparency of investments in the extractive industries, and facilitates a better understanding of the contracts that govern them. This site provides summaries of contracts and their terms to facilitate understanding of important provisions in the documents.
Library ResourceJanuary, 2012Eastern Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Oceania, Southern Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean
This report aims to improve the knowledge base for scaling-up investments in land management technologies that sequester soil carbon for increased productivity under changing climate conditions. The report presents the following key messages.
Library ResourceJanuary, 2013Sub-Saharan Africa
Based on worldwide experience and encouraging evidence from country pilots in African countries such as Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania,and Uganda, this new report suggests a series of ten steps that may help to revolutionise agricultural production and eradicate poverty in Africa. These steps include improving tenure security over individual and communal lands, increasing land access and tenure for poor and vulnerable families, resolving land disputes, managing better public land, and increasing efficiency and transparency in land administration services.
Library ResourceJanuary, 2012
Urban flooding poses a serious challenge to global development and the livelihoods of urban populations, particularly the residents of the rapidly expanding towns and cities in developing countries. Responding to this challenge requires efforts to improve policy makers understanding and ability to effectively manage existing and future risks. This guidebook provides operational guidance on how to manage the risk of floods in a transforming urban environment and climate.
Library ResourceJanuary, 2012Eastern Asia, Oceania
This handbook summarises the guiding principles, tools and practice in key economic sectors that can facilitate the implementation of resilience concepts into decisions related to infrastructure investments and general urban management as a means of reducing disaster and climate risks. It is divided into three sections designed to help urban planners and practitioners build elements of resilience into their urban governance and city planning. Chapter 1 presents key guiding principles for resilient cities in the context of today’s urban development.
Library ResourceJournal Articles & BooksJanuary, 2012Kyrgyzstan
The Kyrgyz Republic represents land governance issues arising in a posttransition economy; in fact, it was one of the first countries in the Commonwealth of Independent States to introduce private land ownership when it became independent in 1991.
Library ResourceReports & ResearchJanuary, 2013Vietnam
The Land Governance Assessment Framework (LGAF) was designed to address these challenges by the World Bank, based on a comprehensive review of available conceptual and empirical materials regarding experience in land governance. The objective of LGAF is was developed as a diagnostic tool for a systematic evaluating and benchmarking legal framework, policies and practices regarding land and land use. This document represents the country report for Vietnam’s national LGAF Study.
Library ResourceReports & ResearchJanuary, 2013South Africa
The land governance assessment framework (LGAF) is an innovative and participatory diagnostic tool that assesses the state of land governance in a country. The LGAF has optional modules for other topics such as large-scale land acquisition, forest land, and regularization of rights in urban areas. In South Africa, large-scale land acquisition was selected as an additional thematic area, as was the case in Nigeria. A framework of approximately 21 land governance indicators guides the process in these thematic areas, each divided into three or four dimensions.
Library ResourceReports & ResearchApril, 2012Malawi
The Land Governance Assessment Framework (LGAF) is a diagnostic tool to assess the status of land governance at country level using a participatory process that draws systematically on existing evidence and local expertise rather than on outsiders.
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