New research says securing land rights pays off in Brazil and Guatemala

1 November 2015

Securing land rights for communities in Brazil and Guatemala reaps financial benefits about 200 times the costs, according to research by WRI, released last week. WRI believes it is the first working paper to develop a cost-benefit analysis around community land tenure. Over a 20-year period, investing $19 per hectare in Brazil to secure land rights reaps nearly $1,500 in benefits, while in Guatemala, investing $205 per hectare to secure tenure results in almost $2,000 in benefits. For the carbon mitigation benefits, WRI used the U.S. government’s figure for the social cost of carbon: $41 per tonne.

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