27 May 2021
The hoping that the new legislation would help Reform must also process for approving and implementing such recognise and protect the land tenure rights of harmonise and streamline activities generally gives little consideration to local and indigenous communities, even if the sector-specific and local communities’ and Indigenous Peoples’ land president’s aim was to facilitate access to land natio. [...] Cameroon’s ageing, inadequate legal framework documented and analysed.5 The complexity of does little to recognise or protect customary the land question in Cameroon and the rights — or indeed, people’s land rights in differences in vision and specialisations have led general — and land-related conflicts are 2 to some contradictions, omissions and common. [...] The strict application of the registration provisions has increased the Based on the proposals put forward by CSOs instability of land tenure rights for rural (see Table 1), as well as inputs from rural populations, while the high cost and complexity stakeholders and heeding lessons from initiatives of the administrative process makes land in other African countries such as Mali and ownership inac. [...] The 1974 including the most marginalised or those using Ordinances recognise the right to hunt and land for specific purposes — such as indigenous gather on unregistered and undeveloped land, forest communities and nomadic livestock while the 1994 Law on Forests outlines the land farmers — to contribute to the new legislation use system for forestry, wildlife and fisheries, • Improve land security. [...] The community would be responsible for managing it, under The Food and Agriculture Organization’s ‘Voluntary Guidelines on the supervision of the competent administrations, Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land’ (2012) refer to “legitimate following rules that uphold the interests of the tenure rights” as including those recognised by law and socially recognised villagers and the community.