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Project Information Sheet: Catalytic Support on Land Issues

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Land and land disputes remain a signifi-cant challenge for the country. Pervasive poverty, poor land records and land man-agement systems, lack of awareness re-garding land rights, insufficient institu-tional capacity, dual ownership and a lack of political commitment to resolve the problem are contributing to the issues related to landlessness. The spread of land seizure during the conflict period further complicated the complex land issues of the country. Exploitation of the landless tillers by land owners, a feudal system of land tenure, and a lack of po-litical commitment and stability are the major factors which have contributed to a disruption of social cohesion within the Nepalese society. Similarly, the lack of automation of necessary land related data and a robust land information sys-tem, and knowledge on who has what rights to land and property in the dis-tricts, as well as the lack of institutional capacities has exacerbated the problem of land rights and access in Nepal. The weak institutional capacities in the dis-tricts, inability of existing mechanisms to deal with land disputes in a systematic and transparent manner and complex legal framework with more than 60 laws and policies on land, land rights and land use which are often repetitive and con-tradictory add to the already complex issues surrounding land reform in Nepal

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IOM, UNDP and UN-Habitat

Year
2013

Language
English

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2