Land Rights and Enclosures: Implementing the Mozambican Land Law in Practice

November 2005
Christopher Tanner

Includes key features of current land policy, land law implementation – recording local rights, registering customarily held rights, knowing your rights, the public sector response, private sector and other non-customary land rights, historical land units, land concentration, benefits to local people – community consultations, the positive side of the picture. Argues that an historic opportunity is in danger of being lost to use the Land Law to implement a process of rural transformation with a controlled enclosure process that brings social benefits and generates an equitable and sustainable outcome for all those involved.

Paper presented to the International Conference on The Changing Politics of Land in Africa: domestic policies, crisis management, and regional norms, University of Pretoria.