The Cameroon National Land Observatory (NLO) falls within the International Land Coalition (ILC) National Engagement Strategy (NES) platform. The main partners in the NLO, as co-hosts of the NES, are Centre pour le Développement et l’Environnement (CED) and Mboscuda

The NLO covers all domestic and transnational deals, including agriculture, forestry, mining, ranching, livestock, and the other intentions, after the year 2000. Importantly, all deals from 50ha are included, rather than the global Land Matrix standard of 200ha.

The NLO aims to serve as a tool to:

  • Aid decision-making around large-scale land acquisitions (LSLAs)
  • Assess practices and public policies in the field of land governance, taking into account the rights of local communities
  • Assist advocacy and facilitation for research work on land governance
  • Monitor land governance 

What are National Land Observatories?

NLOs are funded activities at country level. They initiate decentralised tasks and strive for more inclusive participation of local partners in collecting, managing, and reviewing land data, thereby promoting transparency and accountability in decision-making processes over land and investments in their countries.

NLOs are an important tool which:

  • Provide an opportunity for information-sharing and dialogue within existing multi-stakeholder platforms
  • Facilitate policy influence at national level (where most land governance decisions are made)

Are you interested in establishing a National Land Observatory in your country? Or are you part of an independent land governance structure or initiative that could benefit from our support? If so, we invite you to get in touch!

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