Natural Resource Tenure – a crucial aspect of poverty reduction and human rights
Sida Studies no. 23
Sustainable poverty reduction requires access to natural resources. While natural resource tenure includes rights over land, it encompasses other natural resources as well. The property may be farm land, grazing land, forest land, a river, a fishery, wildlife or some other resource, including minerals. Each of these resources possesses particular physical qualities and technical constraints concerning their use, yet they fit into an integrated ecosystem. The key message of this study is that secure access to tenure for the poor is essential to poverty reduction and the realisation of human rights, as well as to sustainable environment and climate.