Governance of tenure of land, fisheries and forests Making a difference with global governance frameworks

8 November 17:30 – 19:30

Session Description

Global Voluntary Guidelines on the Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests were endorsed by the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) on 11 May 2012. This is the first ever negotiated document that sets the scene on how tenure and access rights to land, fisheries and forests should be handled. It is an engagement towards changing the rules of the game and working towards more transparent and accountable tenure structures and administration.

The Voluntary Guidelines were developed through multi-stakeholder consultations and through inclusive intergovernmental negotiations. This participatory process has contributed in shaping the global agenda on the responsible governance of tenure. When associated with parallel initiatives including for monitoring and evaluation, such as the Land Governance Assessment Framework of the World Bank, a momentum exists to make the responsible governance of tenure a reality. This workshop will analyse how the Voluntary Guidelines and initiatives supporting their implementation can further shape activities and engage actors to collective efforts to remove corruption from the tenure sector.

The discussants are involved in governance of tenure related activities at local, national and global levels. They will share insights on the role of international frameworks in improving the governance of tenure, mobilising actors for collective action, making people accountable and empowering the position of the poor. Through these interventions the objective is to analyse the potentials and the challenges of international instruments as well as to discuss the means for generating innovative solutions and creating strong partnerships to shape governance of tenure agendas at all levels.

Session coordinator
Leila Shamsaifar
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Session Moderator
Anni Arial
Land Tenure Officer
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Leila Shamsaifar
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Bastiaan Philip Reydon
Universidade Estadual de Campinas
Topic: Engaging actors for responsible land governance in Brazil. The role of international instruments.

Rima Al-Azar
World Bank
Topic: Improving governance of tenure in forests

Paul Ndungu
Chairman, Commission of Inquiry into the Illegal and Irregular Allocation of Public Land, Kenya
Topic: Governance of tenure in the process of allocation of public land management. How international instruments could guide processes?

Thomas F. McInerney
Treaty Effectiveness
Topic: Impacts of the global governance frameworks on the legal empowerment of the poor

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