Tenure Tracking

Rights and Resources Initiative’s Tenure Tracking data monitors legal recognition of Indigenous Peoples’, Afro-descendants’, and local communities’—including Indigenous, Afro-descendant, and community women’s—rights to forests, land, and natural resources through five databases that examine both quantitative and qualitative aspects of community rights recognition:

These longitudinal databases allow Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) to measure progress toward its two targets, various international commitments, and aspects of the Sustainable Development Goals. Each of RRI’s datasets are underpinned and connected by analysis of  “community-based tenure regimes”— distinct legal frameworks based on national laws and regulations that govern situations where resource rights are recognized at the community level.

Cumulatively, RRI tracks Indigenous Peoples’, Afro-descendants’, and local communities’ tenure rights across more than 75 countries. RRI continuously updates its data and expands the number of countries covered by each of these methodologies.

We invite readers to send feedback on the accuracy, relevance, and comprehensiveness of the data presented in RRI’s reports and website by contacting cginsburg@rightsandresources.org.

For a detailed history of RRI’s signature Tenure Tracking Databases click here.