GLTN supports the development, recognition and application of the Continuum of Land Rights. This inclusive, pro-poor and gender-responsive approach incorporates tenure rights that are documented as well as undocumented, formal as well as informal, for individuals as well as groups, including pastoralists and residents of slums and other settlements, which may be legal or not legal. The continuum approach works with what is already in place and incorporates it into a land information management system caters for the whole spectrum of formal, informal and customary land rights in the country.
According to GLTN “We can view rights to land as lying on a continuum. At one end are formal land rights, where the owner is an individual, who holds a set of registered rights to a parcel of land that are enshrined in law; the parcel is delineated on a map held in a records office; the owner has the right to occupy the land, build on it (subject to approvals), sell it, rent it out, transfer it to his or her heirs, and prevent other people from coming on to it. At the informal end of the continuum are informal rights; a group of individuals (such as a clan) who may have traditional rights to use a piece of land. The boundaries of the land may not be clearly marked on the ground or on a map, and there may be no official paperwork certifying who owns or has what rights to the land. In between these two extremes are a wide range of rights.”