Rights to Resources

This data set, in Excel format, summarizes the information presented in the Rights to Resources online interactive map. The spreadsheet contains answers to eleven questions on the treatment of citizen and community rights to five natural resources – water, trees, wildlife, minerals, and petroleum—in the national laws of 49 countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

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The data included in this spreadsheet were downloaded from the World Resource Institute's Rights to Resources interactive map.

The Rights to Resources interactive map presents the results of a legal review of national laws in sub-Saharan Africa in their treatment of local-use rights to natural resources. As part of WRI’s Land and Resource Rights (LRR) project, national framework laws were reviewed to answer eleven questions regarding rights to five natural resources: water, trees, wildlife, minerals and petroleum. This spreadsheet contains a tab for each resource and answers to the eleven questions by country.

For more information, please visit: http://www.wri.org/our-work/project/land-and-resource-rights


Dataset is based on research as of November 2013, some laws may have been amended since. Additionally, foreign language laws (French, Portuguese, Spanish) without official English translations were analyzed with help from native speakers and/or Google Translate.


World Resources Institute. 2014. 'Rights to Resources: The status of local natural resource rights in national laws in sub-Saharan Africa.' Washington, DC: World Resources Institute.  Available online at: http://datasets.wri.org/dataset/rights-to-resources-map

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License: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Full license text available at Creative Commons Attribution 4.0


Project: Land and Resource Rights

Page Last Updated: February 28, 2018

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