Regional webinars on integrating land tenure into restoration initiatives | Land Portal
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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.

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. 

About Landesa

Landesa partners with governments and local organizations to ensure that the world’s poorest families have secure rights over the land they till. Founded as the Rural Development Institute, Landesa has helped more than 105 million poor families gain legal control over their land since 1967. When families have secure rights to land, they can invest in their land to sustainably increase their harvests and reap the benefits—improved nutrition, health, and education—for generations.

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These webinars aim to raise awareness on the value of tenure security and its contribution to biodiversity conservation, sustainable land management, ecosystem restoration, and climate change mitigation and adaptation while improving food security and local livelihoods. The recent decisions taken by the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) encourage country Parties to integrate the principles and practices contained in the Voluntary Guidelines on the Governance of Tenure (VGGT) into the design and implementation of Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) and other land restoration initiatives. By recognizing and enforcing legitimate tenure rights, land restoration policies, projects, and programmes can be more efficient and effective in responding to interconnected land, biodiversity, and climate emergencies.

The purpose of these regional webinars is to:

  • provide updated information on the joint UNCCD-FAO land tenure work to all interested stakeholders, including a more concise understanding of the Technical Guide on the integration of VGGT and LDN and the pathways and good practices that it presents.
  • increase awareness on the challenges and opportunities for integrating the principles and practices of the VGGT into a wide range of LDN and land restoration.
  • exchange on specific regional challenges and national experiences, specifically addressing the need for genuine commitments to human rights, fit-for-purpose or improved administrative and institutional capacities, and dedicated financial support to sustain efforts to achieve greater tenure security.
  • describe the upcoming request for proposals, criteria, and selection process to support national consultations, in selected countries across regions, to further develop specific guidance, exchange lessons learned, and inform land tenure strategies and action plans. 

In all three webinars, Laura Meggiolaro, Managing Director of  the Land Portal Foundation, willpresent the role of data and information in supporting the global Land Degradation Neutrality. Fragmented and incomplete land information systems, closed or unavailable data and knowledge, and poorly managed local data impede effective land governance. By identifying and addressing data and information gaps, governments, civil society organizations, Indigenous groups, and citizens can actively contribute to achieving LDN. Laura Meggiolaro will present the Land Portal Foundation's methodology for analyzing the State of Land Information and developing Open Up Guides, which can improve data quality, availability, accessibility, and use for better citizen engagement, decision-making, accountability and innovation in land governance. 

15 May 2023     

10:00-13:00 CET               

                        Africa/Arab Region                           



16 May 2023     

15:00-18:00 CET               

Latin America/Caribbean                


17 May 2023     

08:00-11:00 CET              

Central-East Europe/Asia/Pacific 



Partners and co-organizers of the webinars include the FAO, Landesa, Land Portal, International Land Coalition, UN-Habitat Global Land Tool Network, TMG Think Tank, and the UNCCD.


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