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LANDNET workshop 2017

Budapest, Hungary, 03/10/2017 - 05/10/2017

Over the past 15 years, in Central and Eastern Europe, a strong informal network of land tenure and land management professionals interested in and working with land consolidation, land banking, land market development and other similar topics has emerged. The process has mainly been driven and also partly funded by FAO since the beginning. Since 2011, the overall initiative has become known as “LANDNET” and it is open to land management experts throughout Europe but always with a focus on the countries in Eastern Europe and a strong involvement of Western Balkan countries. During 2002-2016, a total of 16 regional workshops and conferences have been organized. In recent years, these workshops have gathered more than 100 participants coming from around 30 European countries including participants from Southeast Europe and Turkey. The network is a unique platform for exchange of best practises and experiences between almost 30 countries in the region (combining EU Member States, Pre-accession countries, and Neighbourhood countries) including transfer of knowledge from EU member countries to neighbouring countries. “Members” of the network represent all stakeholder groups including Government institutions, academia, civil society organizations and the private sector. The network also provides an important contribution to the implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (VGGT) in the region.