Commons tenure for a common future


by Evgeniya Anisimova

PIM supported CAPRi program will co-host a discussion forum titled "Commons tenure for a common future" as part of the Global Landscapes Forum happening this week in Paris.

The role of tenure security in providing incentives for sustainable resource management and restoration is well established. However, much of the policy attention has been on securing individual lands, which make up only part of the landscape mosaic. 

Collective tenure over forests, rangelands, and critical areas of watersheds is relatively neglected, and such tenure is often the most insecure. Yet the commons play an important part in many landscapes, affecting ecosystem services on private lands as well. Access to the commons is particularly important to the poor, whose livelihoods often rely heavily on products derived from commonly-used forests, pastures and fisheries.

This session will present research on the importance of the commons for addressing climate change and land degradation, the challenges and potential ways of securing tenure on the commons, and the perspective of civil society. Participants will discuss a new paper on ways to harness the potential of the commons for inclusive growth, linking the debate to the implementation of REDD+ .

The session will see presentations on:

  • The contribution of the commons to landscape restoration
  • Efforts to secure the commons for poor rural communities
  • The meaning of the commons for indigenous people

Pictures and a short video will show the potential for secure commons to improve landscapes. The final presentation will center on a new paper outlining ways of developing commons-based enterprises as an alternative to privatization.

The session is co-organized by CGIAR Systemwide Program on Collective Action and Property Rights (CAPRi), International Land Coalition (ILC), Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Foundation for Ecological Security, and Oxfam International and will be led by PIM Flagship 5 leader Ruth Meinzen-Dick.

For more detail, visit the forum's page on the GLF website>>


Featured image credit: Neil Palmer (CIAT), Flickr