Land Resources

Land Resources, Management, Planning and Use

Technical Meeting on Land Governance and Social Protection | 8 sept. 2015

The technical meeting Land Governance and Social Protection will take place in FAO-HQs Rome on the 8 September 2015. About 25 participants are expected from different FAO Units and a small group of external NGOs/CSO.

The meeting will allow to present two scoping papers targeting different but complementary dimensions of the governance and social protection areas of work.

The first document provides elements for an answer to the following question: ‘If the declared objective of the Social Protection interventions is to reduce vulnerability and food insecurity, does it make more sense to invest money on widening the rights-based approach to natural resources, land in particular (in other words improving land governance), or in  social protection schemes?’. The second document explores the relations between three interrelated dimensions: gender, social protection and natural resources management. According to available data on poverty, the share of women living in poor and vulnerable conditions is higher than men’s in European countries, but it equals to men’s in most of the Latin American African and most developed countries. As said above, in order to take into consideration the global poverty dimension, some considerations about intra-household redistribution of income and responsibilities should be made. Women suffer from social and economic risks that are exacerbated in rural areas.

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Technical Meeting on Negotiation Environment and Territorial Development | 9/10 sept. 2015

The technical meeting on Negotiation Environment and Territorial Development - Green NEGOTIATED TERRITORIAL DEVELOPMENT (GreeNTD) will take place in FAO-HQs Rome from 9-10 September 2015. About 30 participants are expected coming from different FAO Units and a small group of external experts.

The purpose of this technical meeting is to present an evolving analytical framework and its concrete feasible application for a bottom-up, negotiated approach to territorial development (involving dimensions of access, use and management of natural resources). The proposed approach evolves from the previous ones (PNTD, PLUD, IGETI) whilst keeping the same basic philosophical orientation of being problem-driven and oriented to finding appropriate solutions to the different concrete situations we might be asked to intervene by Member Countries. GreeNTD adds a new dimension that was not fully developed in previous versions; it addresses ecological security, given the increasing competition natural resources, and its negative impact on the environment, which affects well-being and compromises future generations.

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Launch Workshop of the Global GEF/FAO project on Decision Support for Scaling up and Mainstreaming Sustainable Land Management (DS-SLM) | 8/11 Sept. 2015

The project launch workshop will take place from 8 to 11 September at FAO Headquarters in Rome, with the participation of 15 countries (Argentina, Bangladesh, Bosnia-Herzegovina, China, Columbia, Ecuador, Lesotho, Morocco, Nigeria, Panama, Philippines, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Uzbekistan) and the WOCAT Secretariat as executing partner. The workshop will introduce the technical concepts and approaches adopted by the project to implement the three interlinked components (i) national and local decision-support on combating desertification land degradation and drought (DLDD) and promoting mainstreaming and upscaling of SLM best practices; (ii) global DLDD and SLM knowledge management and decision-support platform; and (iii) monitoring and evaluation, impact assessment and dissemination of project results.

The meeting will provide the opportunity for countries to present their SLM status (data, past/ongoing activities and experiences in SLM scaling and mainstreaming, institutional arrangements) as well as proposed strategy, actions and co-financing arrangements for the project and required support from the global knowledge management platform and for monitoring and assessment.

Participants will also review required support through mobilizing additional resources at the regional level. This will be followed by a half day session on collaboration with other relevant global and regional activities. Finally the first project steering committee meeting will be held on Friday 11th a.m. to take decisions on operational and coordination issues. Operational matters will also be discussed in individual reviews with each country to develop the national workplan and modalities to transfer resources for the agreed activities at national/ subnational and landscape levels.

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FAO Africa's Head grants laptop to participants at Digital Soils Mapping Workshop, Accra, Ghana | 17 March 2015 (FAO Photo)The African Soil Partnership was launched through workshops held in Accra, Ghana and Nairobi, Kenya in 2013. During these workshops, the representatives of the African countries presented their priorities in terms of actions to promote sustainable soil management. A common gap was identified in terms of improving the availability of updated soil data and information for supporting decision taking in relation to soil management. Capacity development in this area was identified as priority in the region.

To this end, with the support of the European Commission, the GSP has made efforts in order to respond to this demand by providing a Capacity Development Programme on digital soil mapping in Western and Central African countries (16-27 March 2015 - Accra, Ghana), and Eastern and Southern Africa countries (23-27 February 2015 and 13-17 October 2014 -Nairobi, Kenya).

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The WOCAT International partnership

Since its creation in 1992, WOCAT, the World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies, has been organized as an informal global network providing tools and methods that enable SLM specialists to identify priority areas and need for action and enable them to share their valuable resource-management knowledge. The tools and methods help WOCAT Members identify appropriate SLM technologies and approaches and support them in making decisions in the field, in various levels of planning, and in scaling up best practices. In the past, the WOCAT management team has conducted many activities based on informal arrangements, guiding interventions but relying on ad hoc assistance, in-kind support, and financial contributions stipulated in specific contracts and projects.

In April 2014, WOCAT has been expanded through a Framework Agreement into a more formal and wider partnership entitled WOCAT International, a consortium of concerned partners that seek to work in concert in order to address challenges related to SLM.

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Global Soil Partnership

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