February 21ts, 2022, Gbarnga City: LLA Ends Regional Training on Customary Land Formalization Process and Documentation.

It its quest to enhance the capacity of staff at the Authority, the Liberia Land Authority (LLA) with funding from the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) through the Capacity Building for Inclusive Land Administration and Management Project (ILAMP), has ended a five-day training on the formulization of customary land rights for the effective and efficient implementation of the customary land rights component of the Land Rights Law (LRL) of 2018 in Gbarnga City, Bong County.

The Land Rights Law delineates four categories of Land, which includes Government Land, Private Land, Public Land and Customary Land. The customary land category gives communities the full bundles of property rights, including the exclusion of others (non-Liberians and non-community members); the right to possess and use the land and non-mineral resources on the land including forest and water; the right to manage and improve the land and the right to transfer portions of the land.

However, the regional training which commenced in region one on January 31st, 2022 and ended February 4th, 2022, in Duazon City, Margibi county, brought together forty-five (45) participants from Montserrado, Grand Cape Mount, Bomi, Gbarpolu and Margibi counties. Further, region two training which commenced on February 14th, 2022 and ended on February 18th, 2022, in Gbarnga City, Bong County, brought together forty-five (45) participants from Rivercess, Grand Bassa, Nimba, Lofa and Bong counties, respectively.

The training is designed to strengthen the capacity of LLA staff and Community Based Organizations (CBOs) in facilitating and supervising the formalization of customary land rights for effective implementation of the LRA that would lead to secure land tenure for rural and customary communities across the country. The Liberia Land Authority (LLA) and land stakeholders are currently piloting the formalization of customary land rights in several communities across the country which involves several steps.

Capacity building through training for LLA staff at the county level and those newly employed at the Customary Land Rights Division (CLRD) and Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) that are facilitating customary land formalization processes across the country formed the core participants of the training. However, region three training which is scheduled to be conducted next month (March) is expected to be held in Zwedru City, Grand Gedeh county, thus, bringing together participants from River Gee, Maryland, Grand Kru, Sinoe and Grand Gedeh counties.

The training is covering all the six basic steps of customary land formalization from community self-identification (CSI) to the registration of Community Statutory Deed. The development of governance structures, including the verification of by-laws and establishment of Community Land Development and Management Committees (CLDMCs), mapping, identification and harmonization of boundary, confirmatory survey, registration of deeds and women, youth and disadvantaged/marginalized participation are among other topics being discussed during the five days training per region.

The training is being implemented by the LLA through its Customary Land Rights Division (CLRD) with support from Lantmäteriet, the Swedish Mapping, Survey and Land Registration Authority, under a five-year Inclusive Land Administration and Management Project (ILAMP).

 

Reported By: Emmanuel Chedeh Davis - Communications and Outreach Officer