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Environment Magazine September/October 2008


January-February 2016

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Woodlots and Customary Land Tenure: An Emerging Property Rights and Profitability Dilemma

Woodlot establishment has become a popular venture in Africa in the recent past. However, it is security of tenure that determines the success of woodlot investments. The growth of carbon markets is increasingly being recognized as a further driver for global land grabbing; through the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) program, investors are now acquiring land for earning credits by not cultivating it.

Olivia Muza is a Development Economist with expertise in Natural Resource Economics and Sustainability, Environmental Governance, Food Security, Livelihoods, Education, Enterprise Development, Climate Change, Green Growth, Value Chains, Markets, and Policy/Advocacy.

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