Guidance Notes - Land and People in Protracted Crises

Guidance Notes - Land and People in Protracted Crises
Dec 2016
  • Land issues play a key but often overlooked role in protracted crises.
  • Land must be understood not just as an asset but as a socio-ecological system.
  • Natural hazards and armed conflicts exacerbate these tensions, leading to increased competition for resources, particularly when displacement is involved, with a significant impact on gender.
  • Understanding cultural attitudes to the land is vital. No conflicts can be resolved without a people-centred lens.
  • In its activities and programmes then FAO has adopted a people-centred, negotiated approach rather than a technical one, addressing access, use and management rights of land and reducing asymmetries.
  • The approach also strengthens formal institutions and links legality with social legitimacy.

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