Claims to land and territory are often a cause of conflict, and
land issues present some of the most contentious problems for
post-conflict peacebuilding. Among the land-related problems that
emerge during and after conflict are the exploitation of land-based
resources in the absence of authority, the disintegration of
property rights and institutions, the territorial effect of
battlefield gains and losses, and population displacement. In the
wake of violent conflict, reconstitution of a viable land-rights
system is crucial: an effective post-conflict land policy can
foster economic recovery, help restore the rule of law, and
strengthen political stability. But the reestablishment of land
ownership, land use, and access rights for individuals and
communities is often complicated and problematic, and poor land
policies can lead to renewed tensions.
In twenty-one chapters by twenty-five authors, this book
considers experiences with, and approaches to, post-conflict land
issues in seventeen countries and in varied social and geographic
settings. Highlighting key concepts that are important for
understanding how to address land rights in the wake of armed
conflict, the book provides a theoretical and practical framework
for policy makers, researchers, practitioners, and students.
"Land and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding" is part of a global
initiative to identify and analyze lessons in post-conflict
peacebuilding and natural resource management. The project has
generated six edited books of case studies and analyses, with
contributions from practitioners, policy makers, and researchers.
Other books in the series address high-value resources, water,
livelihoods, assessing and restoring resources, and governance.
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