Bottom-up accountability initiatives to claim tenure rights in sub-saharan Africa : country report on South Africa | Land Portal

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Date of publication: 
September 2017
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ISBN / Resource ID: 
IDRC:10625/56765

The research project uses the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of land, fisheries and forests (VGGT or Tenure Guidelines) as a tool to assess the impact of various governance frameworks on small scale fishing communities. It uses the Tenure Guidelines to empower communities to protect their rights in the context of promoting food sovereignty. This case illustrates how Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) impact small scale fishers’ tenure rights, and how communities can resist and negotiate the challenges of exclusion. In terms of human rights, small-scale fishers continue to be marginalized.

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Author(s), editor(s), contributor(s): 

Joshua, Michelle
Isaacs, Moeniba
Dennis, Tracey

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FIAN International was founded in 1986 as the first international human rights organization to advocate for the realization of the right to adequate food and nutrition.


FIAN consists of national sections and individual members in over 50 countries around the world. FIAN is a not-for-profit organization without any religious or political affiliation and has consultative status to the United Nations.


The Transnational Institute (TNI) is an international research and advocacy institute committed to building a just, democratic and sustainable world. For more than 40 years, TNI has served as a unique nexus between social movements, engaged scholars and policy makers.


The Transnational Institute (TNI) is an international research and advocacy institute committed to building a just, democratic and sustainable world.


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