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Why Legal Atlas?

Around the world, inadequate law and implementation are prime drivers of conflict when they fail to provide fair and secure access to legal information regarding land and natural resources or environmental degradation. Afghanistan is an obvious example of a country where the absence of relevant land tenure laws exacerbates conflict in a region already ravaged by war. Many other countries offer similar examples in which inadequate natural resources, environment, and agricultural legislation are major factors contributing to poverty and poor health. Without laws and implementation systems to protect water sources or keep chemical wastes from entering food supplies, not just poor or uneducated people but the population as a whole suffers. Problems spawned by inadequate or non-existent legal structures ignore national boundaries, whether political, economic, or cultural.

The Legal Atlas endeavors to provide information that helps create solutions for these problems. Its main goal is to become a knowledge management and intelligence platform for use by a growing international community of experts and institutions dedicated to improving legal natural resource, environment, and agricultural tools for the public, non-profit, and private sectors.

The Legal Atlas gives useful information and tools for legal analysis, comparative assessments, best practice guidelines, e-learning programs, practice papers, and geo-referenced spatial data that provide a comprehensive understanding of a country's legal agenda in the relevant fields.