Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia (REU)

Land Tenure

Photo: REUWorking closely with the Climate, Energy and Tenure Division at FAO Headquarters, the activities aim to secure access to land and other natural resources. direct role in alleviating rural poverty and encouraging economic development in rural areas. In order to achieve this, FAO started a multiyear programme with its partners for addressing land tenure issues through workshops, technical projects (see below) and publications. Since 2005, FAO has been working on the governance of tenure. FAO and partners focusing on preparing Voluntary Guidelines on Responsible Governance of Tenure. The Voluntary Guidelines intend to provide practical guidance on responsible governance of tenure as a means for alleviating hunger and poverty, enhancing the environment, supporting national and local economic development, and reforming public administration.  They are based on an inclusive consultation process held during 2009-10, carried out in partnership with UN Agencies, countries, civil society and the private sector. In March 2010, the European Regional Consultation meeting was held in Bucharest, Romania. The regional assessments of all the consultation meetings and the Outcome Document consolidating all the assessments can be found online. The first draft of the Voluntary Guidelines is now available and has been submitted to the open-ended working group of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) for review. The final text of the Voluntary Guidelines will be submitted for the consideration of the 37th session of the CFS in October 2011..

Ongoing projects

  • Support to the Preparation of a National Land Consolidation Strategy and a Land Consolidation Pilot Project in Albania (TCP/ALB/3301)
  • Support to the Preparation of a National Land Consolidation Strategy and Implementation of Land Consolidation Pilot Projects in Bosnia and Herzegovina (TCP/BIH/3301)
  • Support to the Preparation of a National Strategy for Land Re-parcelling in the Republic of Moldova (TCP/MOL/3301 TCP-facility component 1)
  • Overall, all three projects will contribute to sustainable rural and agricultural development in the country through longer-term improvements of rural land tenure arrangements by implementing a national strategy for land consolidation. The results will lead to a more competitive agricultural sector.
    This will be achieved through the support in preparing a national strategy for land consolidation and increasing the capacity to design and implement modern land consolidation projects.

The main outputs are:
Output 1: A proposal for a national strategy for land consolidation prepared
Output 2: Land consolidation pilot activities in selected pilot communities designed and implemented (Albania – 1 pilot; Bosnia and Herzegovina – 3 pilots; Moldova – no pilots as these were already implemented under a World Bank and Sida funded project)
Output 3: Institutional capacity for implementing land consolidation projects increased

Recent event

Landconsolidation workshops in CEE

FAO’s work in Central and Eastern Europe includes regional workshops which provide a forum for specialists from different countries to share their experiences and to form a network of land administration specialists responsible for implementing land consolidation projects.

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