Land and forest tenure support project benefiting local communities in Mali

Pioneering local mechanisms for resolving land conflicts. The National Coordinating Body of Peasant Organizations in Mali (CNOP) and HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation pioneered innovative approaches and tools for resolving tenure conflicts and encouraging collaborative natural resource management.


From: 01/11/2015

To: 31/07/2017

Partners: Coordinating Body of Peasant Organizations in Mali (CNOP)
HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation

Stakeholders: Grassroots communities and their organizations, including family farmers and other vulnerable groups such as youth, women, migrants, and herders
The national ministries and authorities on land governance
High Council of Communities

The project capitalised on the opportunity to address land conflict in Mali, in the aftermath of Mali’s armed conflict, and contributed to achieving the 2015 Accord for Peace and Reconciliation. CNOP and HELVETAS organised and trained 17 local land commissions, established Mali’s first inter-community forest, and facilitated a local multi-stakeholder dialogue on mining. The potential for scaling up is promising, and the project is generating knowledge that will inform the development of cornerstone laws for rural land rights in Mali. 

To read a brief overview of Mali, click here.

For a timeline of land and forest rights in Mali, click here. 


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