The legal regime governing land tenure in Cameroon distinguishes between three categories of land:
Private land, which is titled and registered in the landholder’s name. This includes land in the State’s private domain,¹ and land held by decentralised public authorities and private individuals.²
Public land, which is held by the state for the benefit of the people of Cameroon. This land, which is inalienable, includes airspace, roads, maritime areas and waterways on public lands.³
Unregistered land. Most of the land in Cameroon is unregistered, and is classified as national land (“domaine national”).⁴ Most rural areas where local communities live and...