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The Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group’s Land and Resource Tenure Rights (LRTR) working group is developing and testing tools that place greater land and resource management authority in the hands of local resource users, thus creating incentives for them to exercise their authority in ways that are consistent with biodiversity conservation and sustainable use of renewable resources. Members are piloting new approaches for securing tenure in three critical ecosystems: Greater Mahale Ecosystem, Tanzania; Kilombero Valley, Tanzania; and Kabobo Reserve, DRC.

The LRTR working group will share interim results from studies aimed at strengthening rights and securing tenure, especially over community lands managed as common property. The findings and outcomes of these pilot studies will have important implications for other communities and conservationists working across the continent.