Unlocking the potential of the VGGT through Land Degradation Neutrality | Land Portal
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Neil Sorensen, neil.sorensen@landportal.org
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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 United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification in Those Countries Experiencing Serious Drought and/or Desertification, Particularly in Africa (UNCCD) is a Convention to combat desertification and mitigate the effects of drought through national action programs that incorporate long-term strategies supported by international cooperation and partnership arrangements.


Global Land Tool Network

The Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) is an alliance of global regional and national partners contributing to poverty alleviation through land reform, improved land management and security of tenure particularly through the development and dissemination of pro-poor and gender-sensitive land tools.

Secure land tenure and property rights are fundamental to shelter and livelihoods as well as the realisation of human rights, poverty reduction,economic prosperity and sustainable development.

The World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies (WOCAT) is a global Network that was established in 1992. The WOCAT Network launched efforts to compile, document, evaluate, share, disseminate, and apply sustainable land management (SLM) knowledge. It was far ahead of others in recognizing the vital importance of SLM and the pressing need for corresponding knowledge management. In early 2014, WOCAT’s growth and ongoing improvement culminated in its being officially recognized by the UNCCD as the primary recommended Global SLM Database for best practices.

At TMG — Töpfer, Müller, Gaßner — Think Tank for Sustainability, we work to empower sustainability transformations by building bridges between different knowledge holders and connecting various communities of  practice. As an independent partner, TMG works with academia,  governments, the private sector and civil society to examine entrenched sustainability challenges, identify new opportunities and initiate innovative solutions for the implementation of international sustainable development agendas. 

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Halting land degradation and restoring land will be critical as the world faces up to the intertwined challenges of ending hunger, malnutrition, and poverty. To varying degrees, land degradation affects 20-40 percent of the global land area undermining the wellbeing of 3.2 billion people. Urgent action is needed to reverse the pervasive impacts of land degradation to secure food and water resources. 

The importance of secure tenure to motivate good land stewardship, both at subsistence level and large scales, has gained precedence in the past years. In 2019, the Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) adopted a landmark decision on land tenure. While the UNCCD stands as the only multilateral environmental agreement to explicitly address the issue of land tenure, actors such as the CFS have been actively promoting responsible governance of tenure for nearly a decade. 

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forest in the context of National Food Security (VGGT). This side event will celebrate the occasion, highlight the achievements made and explore how integrating the VGGT into land restoration initiatives can re-energize momentum to enhance tenure security and unlock multiple benefits for food security, poverty reduction, women‘s empowerment and the prevention of natural resource conflicts. 

The event will launch the technical guide on integrating the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forest in the context of National Food Security (VGGT) into land degradation neutrality (LDN) in all 6 UN languages, produced jointly by UNCCD and FAO. The technical guide was well received by the Parties to the UNCCD at COP15, where countries strengthened their commitment on land tenure and called for concerted efforts to further implementation at the national level. The side event will dialogue on these efforts can increase tenure security, particularly for the most vulnerable people and communities, and opens a new chapter in the ongoing efforts to implement the VGGT in the context of desertification, land degradation and drought. It will also explore the further uptake of the TG through a standardized module on tenure integrated within the WOCAT SLM global database and data storylines by Land Portal Foundation.

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