Open Tenure: An open source software designed by FAO to empower communities
Open Tenure is an open source software designed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to help communities to better govern their natural resources. It uses handheld tablets, and a community server allows community members to map and collect data on land tenure claims in their community. The data can then be viewed and moderated, and important documents and photos can be stored electronically for safekeeping.
This video presents the Open Tenure trial with a community forestry group in northwest Cambodia during 16-20 February 2016. The participants were quick to learn how to operate the software. The successful trial also provided a number of useful ideas for refining the tool.
Open Tenure can be used as a data recorder in support of building permit inspection, regulated spatial planning, land consolidation, logging disputes, property valuation and climate change effects.
Open Tenure was developed by FAO with financial support from the UK Department for International Development (DFID).