Project title: Policies and Practices of Land Tenure among Indigenous Peoples of Nepal
Supported by: International land Coalition (ILC)
Duration: November 2015 to November 2016
Study Area: Kailali and Nawalparasi Districts of Nepal
Indigenous communities are the sections of people whose livelihood and social life is mainly dependent on land. Their culture deeply associates with land because they identify, name, treat and worship land as of the ways of their living. Their land habitats, territorial coverage, historicity, formation of identity and even cultural issues are intersecting with the livelihood formation, agricultural transformation and land-society-state relationship. In this context, under the support of International Land Coalition (ILC) and coordination with National Engagement Strategy members of Nepal (CSRC, CDS/MODE, NLRF, Abhiyan), COLARP is conducting an action research-based project called ‘Policies and practices of land tenure among indigenous peoples of Nepal’. The project districts include Kailali and Nawalparasi where Tharu (Tarai janajati) and Kumal (Hill janajati) have been the target communities.
The overall objective of the project is to engage indigenous communities in researching land transformation processes in relation to customary and current land tenure policies and practices in Nepal. More specifically, this aims to:
- Review and analyze the national policies and programs in land tenure in relation to indigenous peoples of Nepal;
- Enumerate and assess the traditional and current land ownership patterns among indigenous people of Nepal; and
- Share and engage IPs to address their ownership and tenure rights of land among the IPs.