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Communities' views on the Land Policy: draft land policy review consultation process in Zambia

Zambia Land Alliance with support from the International Land Coalition

Contact: land@coppernet.zm

Posted with permission of the Zambia Land Alliance.
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Introduction

Over the last three years, the Government of the Republic of Zambia has been working on a new Land Policy. In order to carry out this task, the Government produced a Draft Land Policy Document which was made available to members of the public to discuss and state what they think about the document. This was done to make sure that the new Land Policy to be produced would be accepted by most of the people in Zambia. Over the last three years, the Government of the Republic of Zambia has been working on a new Land Policy. In order to carry out this task, the Government produced a Draft Land Policy document, which was made available to members of the public to discuss and state what they think about the document. This was done to make sure that the new Land Policy to be produced would be accepted by the majority of the people in Zambia.

To date, the committee has held public workshops and meetings in selected districts in all the nine provinces of Zambia with traditional leaders, rural and urban communities, civil society, non-governmental organisations and various government departments and other concerned groups. From these discussions as well as from the written information submitted to the committee, the committee has since produced a National Report from which will write another draft of the policy document for further discussion. Finally, there will be a national conference which will make final changes to the policy document.

In order to share ideas and views received from members of the public on the Draft Land Policy, the Zambia Land Alliance has produced this booklet. The booklet contains a simplified summary of the observations and recommendations made by communities and traditional leaders with whom the Technical Committee held discussions. Some of the technical terms which have not been simplified in the main text of the booklet have been explained in the glossary at the end. The purpose of the booklet is to document the views and ambitions of selected communities and traditional leaders on Zambia's Land Policy for the information of members of the general public. The booklet also seeks to provide feedback to the communities and traditional leaders who were interviewed in order to verify whether or not their views and concerns have been adequately reflected.



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