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GeoTech4Tenure

Technical guide on combining geospatial technology and participatory methods for securing tenure rights










FAO and IFAD. 2022. GeoTech4Tenure – Technical guide on combining geospatial technology and participatory methods for securing tenure rights. Rome, FAO.




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