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October 2009
13. PARTICIPATORY LAND DELIMITATION
AN INNOVATIVE DEVELOPMENT MODEL BASED UPON SECURING RIGHTS ACQUIRED THROUGH CUSTOMARY AND OTHER FORMS OF OCCUPATION

Land Tenure Working Paper 13. Secure land rights are crucial if local populations are to engage actively as stakeholders in rural development. The task of identifying and protecting local rights in most African countries faces several major challenges like incorporating many different local land management systems within a single land management framework; devising a system that can adequately record dynamic and shifting patterns of land use that incorporate a range of de facto private, individualised customary rights and areas of common use and, finally, coming up with a technical approach that is cost effective yet still accurate enough to establish borders and other features on official maps. In this context conventional western concepts of discrete, fixed land holding units – ‘the farm’ - are entirely inappropriate. They work for the relatively small number of private investor land holdings, but are of little use for registering customary rights rooted in shifting agriculture systems and the use of a wide range of resources through the year. The community delimitation model which is the subject of this volume has grown out of the experience of Mozambique and its widely acclaimed 1997 Land Law. The policy and legal development process has been supported by ...

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October 2009
12. Dialogue, Consensus and Vision
PARTICIPATORY AND NEGOTIATED TERRITORIAL DEVELOPMENT – MORE THAN A METHODOLOGY – A STRATEGY FOR TERRITORIAL INTERACTION AND INTEGRATION

Land Tenure Working Paper 12. The Participatory and Negotiated Territorial Development (PNTD) methodology is a facilitative process developed by FAO that strives for rural development through negotiation, participation and dialogue. In view of the growing competition over limited resources among actors and territories and the decreasing credibility of public administrations, this approach focuses on establishing and maintaining social dialogue within the territory and restructuring and/or strengthening territorial institutions. Intermediary level institutions have an important role in integrating the territory and its actors in the existing governance framework. The ultimate goal, and thus the emphasis of the approach, is not the preparation of a development plan or a territorial pact in itself, but, rather, facilitating the process and dynamics that lead to such agreements. In this respect, consultation and openness towards a social dialogue between different stakeholders who have differing interests represent a fundamental step in the process. The proposed approach assumes an inherent learning process with the objective of increasing social cohesion, strengthening the bargaining power of the marginalized, increasing people’s and institutions’ organizational capacities and improving their access to information and channels of communication, and their abilities to use these for their own development.

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October 2009
New web site on Voluntary Guidelines on Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land and other Natural Resources
Diouf opens High-Level Forum on food’s future

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September 2009
New web site on Voluntary Guidelines on Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land and other Natural Resources

A new web site dedicated to the Voluntary Guidelines on Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land and other Natural Resources has been launched. This site gathers relevant information on the initiative – including publications, details on consultation meetings and links to partner organisations. It is a dynamic internet site that will evolve along with the Voluntary Guidelines initiative. Please visit the site for regular updates on consultation meetings and on recent publications.

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September 2009
4. Capacity building for development from a territorial perspective

In the framework of the project FAO/MDA TCP/BRA/3101, is now available in Portuguese on the CD-ROM: Capacitação para o desenvolvimento em uma Perspectiva Territorial.Portuguese copies of the CD-rom can be requested by contacting the following persons: Gustavo Chianca gchianca@fao.org.br or Paolo Groppo paolo.groppo@fao.org

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