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Land Tenure Reform

Land tenure reform is broadly understood to be a reworking or reorientation of policies, laws, and approaches for managing land tenure—in other words, a restructuring of legal and social relations concerning land. This can include replacing or consolidating laws or making additions to laws to accommodate a new approach to land tenure. Land tenure reform is distinct from land reform in that land is ordinarily not confiscated from some people and redistributed to others as a part of land reform. Thus, land tenure reform is closer to land policy reform. However, land tenure reform can be used to achieve forms of land reform through community-driven land acquisition, market-assisted acquisition, resettlement, or delivery of forms of equity and justice through markets or other incentive mechanisms. The ...

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