Information on land: a common asset and strategic resource. The case of Benin

May 2008
ierre-Yves Le Meur (IIED Drylands Issue Paper 147)

This paper presents the legal framework and methods of producing information about land in Benin, and looks at the complex modalities of determining, recognising and ‘translating’ rights in rural and urban areas (the Rural Land Plan and Urban Land Registry). It provides observations on several current issues, particularly the political and administrative decentralisation that is fundamentally changing the country’s institutional landscape.