It happened on the 29th of January 2020 in Bitola in North Macedonia. More than 200 landowners from Egri village gathered in Bitola’s theatre, taking turns to vote on the Land Consolidation Plan. The serious faces of men and women, old and young, were a sign that they may have been as nervous as we were ourselves. The voting on the first majority based land consolidation ever in the country was coming to an end. And then the result was there….. 83% in favour of land consolidation! The villagers were cheering. Our team was overwhelmed by emotion.
Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure (VGGT) are an international instrument that can be used by many different actors to improve the governance of tenure of land, fisheries and forests. The VGGT serve as a reference and set out principles and internationally accepted standards for the practices of responsible governance of tenure.