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From May to July, Rwanda suffers from droughts, especially in its Eastern province. This photo was taken on the morning of July 2nd, 2022 in Rwanda. It shows the rising sun. The prolonged drought in the area leads to a lack of water, a lack of biodiversity, the drying of grasses and shrubs, and wind erosion. | Photo credit: NSANZIMANA Julien

Editor’s Pick: Land Resources

By Climatelinks

Much of USAID’s climate change programming is inextricably linked to the need for clear and secure land and resource governance (LRG) systems. These systems have positive impacts on sustainable land management and conservation, and promote adaptation and resilience in the face of climate impacts. Gain more insights into implementation of LRG systems from the following resources.

Land & Conflict: A Toolkit for Intervention 2.0

This toolkit aims to introduce readers to the complex relationship between land and violent conflict. It provides guidance and recommendations to help USAID project staff diagnose a problem, support strategic planning, and develop projects and activities that build on a robust appraisal of local context and conditions to address the root causes of conflict.

Financing Sustainable Landscapes Through Small Producers in Mexico

Over the past three years, Mexico has lost an average of over 280,000 hectares of forest cover—an area larger than Mexico City—each year, driven in part by agricultural expansion and extensive livestock production. This report synthesizes barriers to financing sustainable landscapes through small producers in Mexico for long-term success in addressing and even reversing this trend. 

Geospatial Companion: Prioritizing Investments in Land-based Climate Mitigation in Papua New Guinea

The Papua New Guinea (PNG) geospatial companion complements PNG’s Sustainable Landscapes Opportunities Analysis (SLOA), which was developed in 2020 to aid the USAID Mission in prioritizing climate mitigation programming and co-benefits for the highest land-based mitigation impact in the country. This companion was created to assist USAID and partners in leveraging the SLOA findings for spatial planning.

Leveraging MAST in Natural Resource Management: Cross-sectoral Uptake Throughout Tanzania

In Tanzania, Mobile Applications to Secure Tenure (MAST) was scaled from a small pilot in one village to a nationwide program that a variety of donors and organizations have used to deliver nearly 400,000 customary land titles to Tanzanians. This case study examines cross-sectoral applications of MAST beyond land tenure to conservation, water and sanitation, and other sectors.

Land and Resource Governance Fact Sheet

Strengthening land and resource governance and property rights is central to achieving and protecting broad development outcomes. Clear, secure, equitable, and inclusive land rights and sound resource governance systems play an important role in addressing the climate crisis and create incentives that can enhance food security, economic growth, women’s equality and empowerment, protections for Indigenous Peoples and local communities, and natural resource management. This fact sheet highlights USAID’s LRG work.

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Climatelinks is a global knowledge portal for USAID staff, implementing partners, and the broader community working at the intersection of climate change and international development. The portal curates and archives technical guidance and knowledge related to USAID’s work to help countries mitigate and adapt to climate change. 

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