Topic outline

This course provides guidance on managing competition over the use of land, fisheries and forests. It introduces a process for analyzing the underlying causes of disputes and conflicts. It also illustrates a range of dispute resolution mechanisms and options for policy and legal reforms to prevent disputes and reduce vulnerability to conflict.


The curriculum primarily addresses "change agents" - i.e. people who can have a direct impact by introducing changes in how tenure is governed. They include national policy makers and administrators, surveyors, trainers, legal support providers, civil society and non-governmental organizations, advocacy, control and monitoring professionals.

  • Causes of different types of disputes and conflicts
  • How to select analytical tools to assess disputes and conflicts
  • Institutions and mechanisms for dispute resolution
  • How to facilitate effective and accessible dispute resolution
  • Options in policy, law and practice for reducing tenure-related tensions

The course consists of 4 lessons, ranging from approximately 20 to 60 minutes duration each:

  • Lesson 1 – Disputes and Conflicts over the Tenure of Natural Resources
  • Lesson 2 – Analysing Tenure-related Disputes and Conflicts
  • Lesson 3 – Supporting the Resolution of Tenure-Related Disputes
  • Lesson 4 – Options for Policy and Legal Reform

The online version of this course runs on the latest versions of the major browsers, such as Chrome, Safari, Edge and Firefox.

The downloadable version only runs on Windows PC’s and no additional software is needed.

The content of the course is also available in text format (pdf).

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      European Union (EU)