Land tenure can be defined as the multi-layered system of responsibilities, rights, administration, and institutions that shape access to land and the use of the land.
Rights of ownership of land. Many indigenous people are struggling to have state authorities recognize their tenure of traditional lands.
the right to exclusively occupy and use a specified area of land. Tenure may also be limited to certain resources ("resource tenure") such as timber but not to all resources in a given area. Tenure may be held by individuals, communities, government, or corporations. [GBA