Support for the implementation of the land certification sub-component of the PRRPB, BURUNDI

Burundi, which is part of the “Bonn Challenge” (restoring 150 million hectares of degraded and deforested land by 2020, and 350 million hectares by 2030) and the African Resilient Landscape Initiative (forest and ecosystem restoration, biodiversity conservation, smart agriculture, rangeland management), has committed to restore one million hectares of land by 2030. The World Bank is supporting the Government of Burundi in this effort through the Burundi Landscape Restoration and Resilience Project (BLRRP).

Objectives and deliverables

Led by the Burundian Ministry of Environment, Agriculture and Livestock, the PRRPB’s land sub-component aims to clarify and secure land rights as well as to resolve land conflicts in the project’s communes and hills. It is estimated that land disputes constitute more than 70% of the cases brought before the Burundian courts.  Securing land rights and reducing land conflicts is therefore one of the factors favourable to sustainable agricultural and rural development.

Planned to last 20 months, the project “Support to the implementation of the land certification sub-component of the PRRPB” has been awarded to the Franco-Burundian consortium IGN FI/ GEOFIT/ LADEC. It is based on the following 3 activities:

  • Support for the creation of the communal land service in the two communes of Muyinga and Isare
  • Technical and logistical support for land certification operations on the 22 hills of the 2 communes
  • Contribute to the strengthening of decentralised land management

In addition to the design/development and implementation of a Land Information System (LIS) that will be deployed for the certification of the targeted communes, one of the strategic objectives of the project will be to participate in the improvement of access to land for women and the most marginalised ethnic groups (Batwa and other minorities or displaced people).

Key figures

  • 20 months
  • 7 international experts mobilized

2021 / 2022

World Bank

Securing land rights, systematic registration of plots, communal land services, vulnerable groups