MOBILISING THE SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY
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CTA. 1998. MOBILISING THE SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY. Spore 75. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Decentralised land tenure management has been the topic of several international meetings in the last five years. It came to the fore during a conference of the Permanent Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS) and the Club de...
Decentralised land tenure management has been the topic of several international meetings in the last five years. It came to the fore during a conference of the Permanent Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS) and the Club de Sahel held in Praia (Cape Verde) in 1994. In November 1996, the Gorée seminar held in Senegal in November 1996 on the theme of 'Managing rural land tenure in West Africa' was especially notable for its emphasis on African expertise on the topic. International institutions and decision makers have also shown their interest. Since 1996, an original cooperative programme has focused on the future of land tenure in Africa, aiming at a comparative analysis of different approaches. It coordinates the work of the French and British official agencies for development assistance, and relevant professionals, ranging from African studies specialists through experts of the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) in London to cadastral experts. Their early conclusions from the various approaches and experiences are now being documented (see bibliography). Philippe Lavigne Delville, a researcher at the French consultancy GRET, stresses one common feature: 'Any logical intervention on land tenure requires making a political choice about which bodies should be allowed to manage resources. Whether they be statal or decentralised, they need a legal and legislative framework as much as they need cadastral mapping tools. It is not about going for the right 'starter' at the cost of the others. What is important is, within the terms of a political choice, to provide the different stakeholders with linkages.'