FAO is developing Voluntary Guidelines on Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests together with a number of partners. These Voluntary Guidelines will provide guidance on responsible governance of tenure as a means of alleviating hunger and poverty, enhancing the environment, supporting national and local development and reforming public administration. The guidelines will set out principles and internationally accepted standards for the use of governments, policy makers, private sector and civil society. They will constitute a framework for policies, legislation and programmes.
The Voluntary Guidelines are being developed through an inclusive process. Fifteen consultation meetings were organized around the world in 2009 and 2010 and an e-consultation was held in 2011. Based on these consultations, a First Draft of the Voluntary Guidelines was developed. The First Draft was the basis for intergovernmental negotiations led by the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) in July and in October. The negotiations were seen as a success and took place in a positive, constructive and inclusive atmosphere. A strong sense of ownership of the Voluntary Guidelines was shared by members and civil society and private sector participants. During the negotiations significant progress was made with 75% of the guidelines reviewed so far. The negotiations have been adjourned and will be reconvened at later stage.
In parallel to the development of the Voluntary Guidelines, FAO is preparing technical Implementation Guides. The Implementation Guides will further elaborate the general principles found in the Voluntary Guidelines, translating them into more practical tools, mechanisms, processes and actions. They will also be looking at the interrelation and interdependence of different sectors in order to adopt a holistic livelihood approach. As practical guides, they will constantly refer to globally relevant field examples.
The Implementation Guides will be reference documents, written in clear and simple language. They can be used by a range of actors, namely policy makers, managers and staff of government agencies, private sector specialists, and members of civil society organizations. The Implementation Guides will be useful tools for the design of policy and reform processes, for the design of investment projects and for guiding interventions.
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