Natural Resource Tenure, position paper

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In many developing countries, poor and marginalised groups depend on natural resources for their livelihoods and shelter. Pro-poor natural resource tenure is therefore crucial to poverty reduction and realisation of human rights. This paper outlines Sida's position on natural resource tenure and provides guidance for activities where tenure issues are at stake. The paper aims to support Sida staff and partners in their analysis and dialogue, and in their development and implementation of policies and programmes. The paper is broader in scope than many tenure documents, in that it comprises agricultural land as well as urban land, water, wetlands, coastal areas, forests, rangelands, protected areas, genetic resources and, to some extent, sub-soil resources. It also shows how different development priorities as pro-poor growth, gender equality, democratic governance, peace and security are related to tenure.

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