Flexible, hybrid land use and tenure in pastoral areas

Published on 22 December 2023

Ian Scoones

Professorial Fellow

This is the fifth in a series of blog posts that bring together PASTRES work from 2018-2023 around a number of themes. In this post, we explore the theme of land and resources.

A core theme of PASTRES work has been exploring what forms of land use and tenure make sense given highly variable rangeland systems and the need for mobility.

Much debate about land governance focuses on whether ideal type systems of private, state, or communal tenure are the most effective. Instead, we find that hybrid land governance, with overlapping institutions operating across complex land mosaics, is the most appropriate for sustaining (at least partially) mobile forms of pastoralism.

This means the assembling of hybrid institutions, often with complex characteristics of both private, state, and communal forms, as well as maintaining ‘fuzzy’ and flexible boundaries between tenure types.

This article is from PASTRES, a research programme that aims to learn from pastoralists about responding to uncertainty and resilience, with lessons for global challenges. PASTRES is co-hosted by IDS.

Read the full story on the PASTRES website

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