WEBINARS: Capturing Knowledge from the Implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Governance of Tenure (VGGT) | Land Portal
Contact details: 
Neil Sorensen, neil.sorensen@landportal.org
Organizers: 

The Land Portal is a Foundation registered in the Netherlands in 2014.

The vision of the Portal is to improve land governance to benefit those with the most insecure land rights and the greatest vulnerability to landlessness through information and knowledge sharing.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations leads international efforts to defeat hunger. Serving both developed and developing countries, FAO acts as a neutral forum where all nations meet as equals to negotiate agreements and debate policy. FAO is also a source of knowledge and information. We help developing countries and countries in transition modernize and improve agriculture, forestry and fisheries practices and ensure good nutrition for all.

Language of the event: 
English
French

Over the past nine years, the project on Supporting Implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests (VGGT)has helped countries make political commitments towards the eradication of hunger, food insecurity, and malnutrition, with the explicit outcome of increasing awareness among decision makers, development partners, and society at large regarding access to natural resources. The project enhanced global processes to improve governance of tenure through collaborative partnerships for longer lasting impacts, while promoting the application of VGGT capacity development tools and materials. This initiative addressed tenure rights of vulnerable groups, gender equality, conflict prevention, increased participation, and multi-stakeholder processes. The geographical coverage of the project included countries and regions in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Land Portal are holding two webinars, on Wednesday, October 27th from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM CEST and on Thursday, October 28th from 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM CEST, to showcase the results achieved, learnings gained and key challenges to improving governance of tenure in different countries during the implementation project. These events aim also to document best practices for interventions in improving governance of tenure and securing tenure rights to feed into future project designs.

The event on October 27th will focus on project activities in Asia and  Africa, where English - French interpretation will be provided. The event on October 28th will focus on project activities in West Africa and Latin America, where interpretation will be provided in English, French and Spanish.

We look forward to your engagement and participation.

Register now for the event on October 27th.

Register now for the event on October 28th.

 

Background

The Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (VGGT) were endorsed by the Committee on World Food Security in May 2012. These Voluntary Guidelines have been described as a catalyst leading to improvements in conditions under which land is held or occupied in agricultural sectors. The Voluntary Guidelines address problems of weak governance of tenure and the growing pressure on natural resources, providing the basis for countries to achieve food security for all. 

 

Since 2012, the FAO has provided technical assistance, training and capacity development, as well as support to the assessment, formulation, and implementation of relevant national policies and laws in nearly 60  countries. In these processes, FAO has been working in close collaboration with the national authorities, civil society, pastoralist organizations, traditional chiefs, and other technical and financial partners to build a participatory approach for improving governance of tenure.

 

Capturing Knowledge from the  Implementation of  the Voluntary Guidelines on  the Governance of Tenure (VGGT): Africa and Asia

Agenda

27 October, 2021

Activity

Description/Panelist

Opening

 

Welcome address

Darryl Vhugen
Land Tenure Expert

Opening plenary

Adriano Campolina
FAO Land Tenure Team Leader

Introduction to Mekong Region with country examples (Cambodia, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Viet Nam)

Louisa J.M. Jansen
FAO Land Tenure Officer

Introduction to Africa with country examples (Malawi, Namibia and Pan-Africa)

Mackay Rigava
FAO Land Tenure Officer

Panel Discussion: Recognition and protection of customary tenure right systems

 

Panel commentary with inputs from Event participants:

- Recognition and protection of customary tenure right systems

- Strengthened policy, legal and institutional frameworks for enhancing tenure rights, and safeguarding tenure in context of land-based investments.

H.E. Kim Nong
Deputy Director of the General Directorate of Administration for Nature Conservation and Protection of the Ministry of Environment, Cambodia

Khitlaxay Kokmila
Deputy Director General of the Department of Land of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Lao People's Democratic Republic

Devie Chilonga
Project Manager, Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Developement, Malawi

Dr. Mark West
Landesa Myanmar Programme Director

Eugene Kanguatjivi
FAO, Project Coordinator, FAO Namibia

Dr. Phong Ahn Nguyen
Director of the Information Center for Agriculture and Rural Development (AGROINFO) of the Institute of Policy and Strategy for Agriculture and Rural Development (IPSARD)

Q&A session

 

Break/video

 

   

Second Thematic Session:
Integration of VGGT principles

 

Integration of VGGT principles to UNCCD convention

Sasha Alexander
Policy Officer with the secretariat of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)

 

Aurélie Brès
FAO Land Tenure Officer

Q&A session

 

Conclusions and closing

 

Key takeaways

Javier Molina Cruz
FAO Senior Land Tenure Officer

Event Closure

Darryl Vhugen
Land Tenure Expert

 

 

Capturing Knowledge from the Implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines:  West Africa and Latin America

Agenda

28 October, 2021

Activity

Description/Panelist

Opening

 

Welcome address

Darryl Vhugen
Land Tenure Expert

Opening plenary

Benjamin Davis
ESP Director, FAO

First panel: Support for the improvement, revision and implementation of the policy and legal frameworks

 

Introduction

Jean-Maurice Durand
Member of High Council
French Ministry of Agriculture and Food

New Land Policy: Niger

Dr Abouba SAIDOU
Former SGA Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, Niger

National reform process in Senegal

Tanor Meissa Dieng
Conseiller technique du ministre de l’Agriculture et de l’Equipement rural, Senegal

Implementation: Colombia

Juan Manuel Noguera Martínez
Director (encargado) de la Agencia Nacional de Tierras Colombia, ANT

Regional frameworks: Sahel

Dr Bio Goura SOULE
Technical Assistant/livestock and pastoralism 
Directorate of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD)
ECOWAS Commission

Q&A session

 

Second panel: Successful experiences and lessons learned on formalization and regularization of tenure rights in local contexts

 

Introduction

Alejandra Vega
Senior Land Tenure Officer, FAO Colombia

Colombia: Hoja de Ruta meth participativa e incluyente

Alvaro Diaz Guerra
Local Mayor, San Juan del Cesar - Colombia

Senegal: In favor of women and youth

El Hadji Faye
Chargé de projet, ONG Enda-Pronad

Q&A session

 

Break/video

 

Presentations:
Capacity development activities through participatory decision making process

 

Introduction

Francesca Romano
FAO Land Tenure Officer

Regional programme for pastoral land

Wissal Gharbi
Deputy Director
Tunisian Agricultural Land Agency

The experience of using Technical Guide 6 in local context, experience from Niger

Amadou Halilou
President of ROPEN, Niger

Colombia: strengthening capacities of government institutions and CSOs in tenure rights

Manuel Correa Ibarguen
Leader of Association of Community Councils of Bajo Atrato and Community Council of the Salaquí River, Chocó, Colombia

Q&A session

 

Third panel: From VGGT support to more inclusive approach on natural resource management and climate change

 

Introduction

Sofia Espinosa
FAO Land Tenure Specialist

Fortalecimiento de capacidades institucionales y de sociedad civil para la gestión territorial en áreas protegidas. Case Study: Colombia

Carolina Jarro
Subdirectora General de Parques Nacionales Naturales de Colombia

Integration of VGGT principles to UNCCD convention

Sasha Alexander
Policy Officer with the secretariat of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)

Knowat initiative: inspired from the VGGT to fight water scarcity

Benjamin Kiersch
Project Design Specialist
NSLD-FAO

Q&A session

 

Conclusions and closing

 

Conclusions

Javier Molina Cruz
FAO Senior Land Tenure Officer

Closing

Darryl Vhugen
Land Tenure Expert

 

Related content: 
Debate
VGGT discussion
2021/10/07
Closed
Facilitators: 
Darryl Vhugen
Mr. Neil Sorensen
Partners: 
Land Portal Foundation
Africa
Latin America and the Caribbean
Asia
Global
Project

Following the endorsement of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (VGGT) in May 2012, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) – in collaboration with its partners – developed a Global Programme to support the implementation of the VGGT. 

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