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Levvel and the RICS work with UN FAO on Land Tenure Governance
15 March 2011

Stuart Woodward took part in a 2-day workshop in Rome (28 February - 01 March 2011), with the goal of seeing how the private sector might implement the FAO's voluntary guidelines, 'responsible governance of land tenure and other natural resources'. The workshop focussed on three themes: agricultural investments including bio-fuels; rural-urban industrial conversion; and forestry/fisheries.

The workshop brought together high level individuals from national and international companies active in the fields of food, agricultural development and bio-fuel production, forest and paper industries. Four chartered surveyors were involved with the workshop: Paul Munro-Faure (FAO) John Tracey-White (RICS) and Sunil Agarwal (SRM Realty, India) as well as Stuart Woodward from Levvel.

Background: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and its partners are preparing Voluntary Guidelines to improve the governance of tenure of land and other natural resources. Voluntary guidelines set out principles and internationally accepted standards for responsible practices. They provide a framework that States can use when developing their own strategies, policies, legislation and programmes. They allow government authorities, the private sector, civil society and citizens to judge whether their proposed actions and the actions of others constitute acceptable practices.

Tenure is the relationship among people with respect to land and other natural resources. The rules of tenure determine who can use what resources of the land for how long, and under what conditions. Tenure has significant implications for development. Where the poor and vulnerable have limited and insecure rights to land and other natural resources, it is difficult for them to overcome hunger and poverty. Conversely equitable and secure rights can support social and economic development and the sustainability of the environment.

Weak governance is a cause of many tenure-related problems, and attempts to address tenure problems are affected by the quality of governance. Weak governance is found in formal statutory land administration as well as in informal and customary tenure arrangements. It flourishes where the law is complex, inconsistent or obsolete; where people who work in land agencies lack motivation and are poorly trained and paid; where decision-making processes are not transparent; and where civil society is weak. The poor are vulnerable to the effects of weak governance as they lack the ability to protect their rights to land and other natural resources.

The Voluntary Guidelines are to assist States, civil society and the private sector in improving the governance of tenure, and thus contribute to alleviating hunger and poverty, empowering the poor and vulnerable, enhancing the environment, supporting national and local economic development, and reforming public administration. They are being prepared in partnership with UN agencies, countries, civil society and the private sector.

For more information about the FAO guidelines, or to take part in the e-consultation, visit the FAO website, click here or contact Stuart Woodward on 44 1202 639444, or email stuart.woodward@levvel-international.com
 
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