The Land Rights Law of 2018 provides for the recognition, protection, and registration of community land rights. One of the requirements to registering community land is for communities to agree on and identify the community land space, resources, and boundaries to determine the scope of the community's customary land (see a sample map below in figure 1). For this reason, there is an urgent need to build the most affordable and accessible systems for mapping community lands and natural resources.
A report done by the Sustainable Development Institute (SDI) and its partner, the Netherland based Milieudefensie has found Oil palm giant Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL) in gross violations of obligations and commitments from the Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) that were signed in 2014 with affected communities while it continues with massive deforestation in Liberia.
Abstract: After the end of Liberia’s civil war in 2003, the country embarked upon the reform of its forest and land legislation. This culminated in the adoption of the 2009 Community Rights Law with Respect to Forest Lands and the 2018 Land Rights Act, which NGOs and donors have described as being amongst the most progressive laws in sub-Saharan Africa with regard to the recognition of customary land tenure.
The Community Rights and Cooperate Governance Program (CR&CGP) of SustainableDevelopment Institute (SDI) is using a land valuation tool developed by Namati. It supportscustomary communities and forest dependent peoples to clearly understand the value of their landand guide them to make informed decision during land negotiations with companies or investors.The exercise also makes customary communities more cohesive and resilient in the managementand governance of their lands and natural resources.
We, the delegates, from Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia and our partners from UK attending the Regional Dialogue on Oil Palm Development in West Africa from November 27th and 28th 2019, engaged in experience sharing on community rights, and the role of stakeholders in the context of oil palm plantation development and came to the following conclusions: