Monrovia, June 20, 2019 – The Liberia Land Authority (LLA) in collaboration with the Land Governance Support Activity (LGSA) on June 18, 2019 convened a one-day technical working session to review and validate the Customary Land Governance Regulations and Community By-laws Framework for the establishment and operationalization of the Community governance structures as required by the Land Rights Act (LRA).
The Land Rights Act gives members of customary communities the rights to land ownership and rights to make decisions in the administration and management of their Customary Lands. The Act also required communities to democratically elect their members and officials of the CLDMC, with equal representation that reflects the community’s membership (men, women, and youths), except for chiefs of the community who shall be ex-officio members of the CLDMC.
During the opening session, the Chief of Party of the Land Governance Support Activity (LGSA), Dr. Yohannes Gebremedhin called on the participants to make meaningful inputs in the review process because there are substantive issues in the draft regulations that should be promoted.
He reaffirmed LGSA’s continuous supports to the land sector in Liberia and lauded the efforts of the LLA and the lead consultant, Cllr. J. Awia Vankan for drafting the regulations, which he attributed as a good start beyond expectations.
The Commissioner for Land Policy and Program Planning at the LLA, Cllr. Kula Jackson said no law is perfect, and therefore urged the participants to be realistic in the deliberations by pinpointing those workable provisions in the regulations to ensure good land governance.
“The regulations are not for us (meaning the LLA), nor for some but for all Liberians”, Cllr. Jackson told the land stakeholders.
He made emphasis on gender mainstreaming and consideration for youth in the process of land governance, including land administration, land use, and management.
Generally, all of the stakeholders, thirty (30) persons, that attended the technical session including representatives from LANDESA, Rights and Rice Foundation, CENTAL, WHH, SDI, DEN-L, Parley, FCI, Women Land Rights Taskforce, and SeDev acknowledged that the draft regulations in circulation was a good start and assured that constructive opinions will be provided by them at the shortest possible time to further improve the document.
Reported By: Arthur R. Tucker —Public Relations Officer
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