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The land issue, closely linked to natural resources, is a major challenge for economic and social development in Guinea. However, various factors contribute to weakening access to land for communities in urban and rural areas. In particular, existing land policies and regulations, which are old, poorly harmonized and not enforced, do not adequately protect the land rights of local populations. The lack of transparency and poor governance of resources by the Guinean state add to the shortcomings of the law.
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24,572,000 ha
2,640.3 USD

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Will Guineans finally benefit from the country’s mineral wealth or will they continue to pay the price for its exploitation?

11 October 2021

Guinea’s September coup sent shock waves through West Africa and the global commodities markets. Guinea is the world’s second largest producer of bauxite, the ore needed to produce aluminum, and has rich iron ore, gold, and diamond reserves. The coup raises three fundamental questions about the…

Complaint Filed Against Bauxite Mining Company in Guinea

11 March 2019

Complaint Linked to World Bank Loan Alleges Land Seizures, Damage to Water Sources Last week, 13 rural communities in Guinea made public a complaint against the World Bank’s private lending arm over a loan to one of country’s largest bauxite miners, alleging its operations have destroyed…

Witnessing Guinea’s Bauxite Mining Boom

29 October 2018

Efforts to Improve Oversight of Mining Need to Benefit Affected Communities Earlier this month, looking out over the vast swathes of barren red land that make up a fast-growing bauxite mine, I witnessed first-hand the rapid growth of Guinea’s bauxite mining boom. Bauxite from Guinea is used to…

It is interesting to note that in Kpelle society in the southern part of Guinea Forestière, the husband sometimes moves into his wife's family. When the wife has not joined her husband's lineage, the grandfather or maternal uncle transfers the land rights of the lineage to the children born of these unions

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Land Monitoring and the SDGs

Challenges and Opportunities in Monitoring Land Data for the Sustainable Development Goals

16 May 2023

Land is a finite resource, and access to it is essential for the livelihoods of individuals and communities. To ensure that access to land is secure and equitable for all, the United Nations has set the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 1.4.2, which measures individuals' land tenure security, and…