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Customary rights


"Customary rights" to lands and resources refers to patterns of long-standing community land and resource usage in accordance with Indigenous Peoples' and local communities' customary laws, values, customs, and traditions, including seasonal or cyclical use, rather than formal legal title to land and resources issued by the State.


Appendix B Glossary. "Climate, Community & Biodiversity Standards". (Second Edition - December 2008).

Alternative definition

Fisheries: Customary, territorial, historical, fishing rights, community based fishing rights (indigenous rights), territorial use rights (TURFs), acquired rights, established rights.Forestry: Usage rights defined as the customary forest rights of people traditionally living in or near the forest to gather dead wood, fruit and plants, to cut timber for personal use (house, building, animal shelters, agricultural tools), to graze animals.Land: Refers to the customary tenure of land: rights to holding or occupying land derived from custom. Includes native land rights, administration of native lands, appraisal of claims to native lands, (restrictions on) sale and lease of native lands. Land legislation dealing with customary tenure often designates a particular area of the nation's land resources as being ruled by customary law and specifies (codifies) what the customary rules entail.

Alternative source

FAOLEX, 2000.