RRI’s core business is to provide expertise on and analysis of evolutions in forest tenure and methods to advance pro-poor tenure and economic policy reforms. Keeping the pulse on advances and set-backs in tenure reform and other key areas of analysis is therefore an essential element in achieving RRI’s mission.

RRI has developed systems and methodologies to track the evolution in forest tenure from quantitative and qualitative perspectives, and report on global progress towards its two targets.

Over the past several years RRI has developed a database to monitor changes in the area under different forms of statutory forest tenure rights over time. Part of RRI’s mission is to regularly update, expand and refine this data set and to develop new methodologies to track the recognition of forest rights and the impacts of this recognition. RRI is currently working with data from over 52 forested countries, a set that represents nearly 90% of the world’s forests.


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As a complement to this work, RRI has developed a methodology to analyze the nature of community rights to forests that are recognized in national-level legislation. This sample currently covers 28 countries. To learn more about the “Bundle of Rights” approach, click here.

To learn more about the evolution of RRI’s Tenure Data and how it is used, click here.