FAO’s Voluntary Guidelines on Tenure Newsletter Highlights Awareness Raising and REDD+ Workshops

FAOApril 2013:  The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released its March newsletter on the Voluntary Guidelines on Tenure Governance Initiative. This edition reports on regional awareness raising workshops for francophone and anglophone Africa. 

The workshops aimed to help country representatives identify ways to improve governance of tenure and implement the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security. The sessions were held in Yaoundé, Cameroon, from 4-6 December 2012, and in Kigali, Rwanda, from 12-14 February 2013. An additional workshop will be organized in Amman, Jordan, from 22-15 April 2013.

The newsletter also features an article on the 25-26 February 2013 expert meeting on REDD+ and tenure organized by FAO as part of the UN-REDD Programme. It was attended by over 60 participants, and at the meeting, experts stressed that REDD+ provides an opportunity to secure and protect the tenure rights of local communities and indigenous peoples. Participants noted that the Voluntary Guidelines can assist in establishing the legal framework for tenure and REDD+, and proposed creating a community of practice to address these issues.

The newsletter also highlights the release of the FAO Land Tenure Working Papers, titled "Large Agricultural Investments and Inclusion of Small Farmers: Lessons of Studies in 7 Countries" and "Land Reform in Central and Eastern Europe after 1989 and Its Outcome in the Form of Farm Structures and Land Fragmentation." [Publication: FAO Voluntary Guidelines Newsletter, March 2013] [Tenure and REDD+ Workshop Background Materials] [IISD RS Story on FAO Tenure Publications]