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Card image 08 September 2023 The Elephant

Africa’s Lands Are Targeted for Climate Action, but Who Owns the Land

One topic that has not gained prominence in the climate change discussions is that of land rights and tenure rights, and how all the planned climate action will impact these rights in Africa. With 90 percent of Africa’s rural lands being undocumented and informally administered, the communities that rely on these lands are at risk of losing their main source of livelihood to support activities that may further limit their capacity to adapt to the effects of climate change. African governments can begin addressing this as they convene at the Africa Climate Summit in Nairobi in September, and in the follow-up activities in the lead-up to the 28th UN Climate Change Conference (COP28).

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