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Committee on World Food Security Launches Groundbreaking Guidelines on Land Tenure

These internationally-negotiated guidelines, with contributions from the UN-REDD Programme, will help governments safeguard the rights of people to own or access land, forests and fisheries.


Tackling the issue of land and resource tenure is one of the prerequisites for mechanisms such as REDD+ to have positive impacts not only on reducing emissions from the forestry sector but also in reducing poverty and achieving food security. In a landmark decision on 11 May, 2012, the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) endorsed a set of global guidelines that will help governments safeguard the rights of people to own or access land, forests and fisheries.

The new Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security outline principles and practices that governments can refer to when making laws and administering land, fisheries and forests rights. The guidelines cover a wide range of issues, including promoting equal rights for women in securing title to land, creating transparent record-keeping systems that are accessible to the rural poor, and recognizing and protecting informal and traditional rights to land, forests and fisheries.

Capacity development in governance, including for land tenure is an integral part of the UN-REDD Programme.  While the negotiations for these global guidelines were happening last year, the UN-REDD Programme along with the Mitigation of Climate Change in Agriculture (MICCA) Programme and the Land Tenure team in FAO held a meeting in November 2010 on, "Land tenure issues and requirements for implementing climate change mitigation policies in the forestry and agriculture sectors", which aimed to contribute to the development of these guidelines. For effective policies in mitigating climate change in forestry and agriculture, long term land management planning is key.
In this issue

News

Unprecedented Cooperation Established on Anti-Corruption for REDD+ in Africa

South-South Exchange on REDD+ Governance Sets Up Unique Community of Practice

Update on UN-REDD's Work with Indigenous Peoples

Vacancy Announcement for UN-REDD Secretariat
Features & Commentary

Mexico Adopts Landmark REDD+ Legal Reforms
By: Francesca Felicani Robles, Andrés Avila Akerberg and Chris Stephens
Reports & Analysis

Committee on World Food Security Launches Groundbreaking Guidelines on Land Tenure

New Go-REDD+ Issue Explores Anti-Corruption Efforts in Forest Sector

Looking ahead

GEF Council 42
11-14 June, 2012: Washington, D.C, USA

United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20)
20-22 June, 2012: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) Participants Committee meeting
27-29 June, 2012: Santa Marta, Colombia

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