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"Land tenure is the relationship, whether legally or customarily defined, among people, as individuals or groups, with respect to land... Rules of tenure define how property rights to land are to be allocated within societies. They define how access is granted to rights to use, control, and transfer land, as well as associated responsibilities and restraints. In simple terms, land tenure systems determine who can use what resources for how long, and under what conditions.”
A land tenure regime can have a direct impact on social, political, and economic structures. The need for land tenure reform is amplified in post-conflict environments in which pre-existing power structures may continue to represent a threat to various dimensions of human security.