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THE RESTITUTION OF ACTEUR COMMUNAU'TERRE
Not only a technical issue
The day's discussions have showed how land tenure securing operation in Cote d'Ivoire is not just a technical matter, but deeply rooted on human and sociological reality of the country. The
composition of the participants was the best proof: beyond the surveyors and technicians, a large number of prefects and traditional chiefs were present. If population growth and
economic development requires a modernization of the rural land securing in Cote d'Ivoire, its sustainability depends on a thorough knowledge of local organizational methods. The creation
of the National Chamber of Kings and Traditional Chiefs of Côte d’Ivoire in 2014 shows the willingness of the government to include tradition in the modern institutions and thus contribute to a
sustainable development and the irreversible setback of the poverty. Made up of a whole, handed down from generation to generation, of knowledge, know-how, beliefs, customs, laws
and opinions, tradition is the fruit of a broad social agreement on certain behaviors, activities and methods considered to be good for the survival and development of the society. With a
strong local cultural base and deep roots in the lives of citizens, as well as accepted and recognized rules by the whole community, tradition which continuously evolves, cannot be
dissociated from modernity. Any attempt at development denying the habits and customs is therefore, doomed to failure. The past experience is highly an useful reference to survival and
the future prosperity of a country.