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Wageningen University (2011)

Pastoralists seasonal land rights in land administration : a study of Northern Kenya

Lengoiboni Monica

Titre : Pastoralists seasonal land rights in land administration : a study of Northern Kenya

Auteur : Lengoiboni Monica

Université de soutenance : Wageningen University

Grade : PhD thesis 2011

Résumé partiel
This thesis argues that incorporating pastoral land rights into the formal system requires identifying and securing pastoralists’ rights on migration corridors and dry season pastures in a manner that, first, reflects their customary practices about ‘where’ and ‘when’ they require access to the land, and second, aligning both the ‘when’ and the ‘where’ within the legal framework for property rights and land administration. This approach may facilitate the legal recognition of pastoralists’ seasonal mobility and access to required resources in the formal system. Legal empowerment also gives pastoralists the ability to use the formal law to enforce their land rights, thereby securing their access to required seasonal resources. The main objective of this thesis is to assess how pastoralists’ seasonal land rights could be accommodated within the legal framework for property rights in land administration. Focusing on Northern Kenya, the main objective was divided into four sub-objectives : 1. Investigate whether pastoralism is still active in Northern Kenya and how formal rights can meet the requirements of the pastoralists’ seasonal land use. 2. Understand how non-pastoralist land use actors manage seasonal encounters with migrating pastoralists. 3. Describe how seasonal migrations and access rights could be aligned and secured as rights that overlap with private rights, within the legal framework for property rights and land administration. 4. Assess what tenure options are potentially suitable for securing seasonal migrations and access rights within the legal framework for land administration.

Mots clés : land rights / pastoralism / cadastres / right of access / tenure systems / seasonal migration / kenya / registration

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