Integrated Planning and Management of Land ResourcesFAOCSDUNEP
World Summit on Sustainable Development, Johannesburg, September 2002


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Improvements in agriculture and land resources planning and management are fundamental to achieving food security, poverty alleviation and overall sustainable development.

In accordance to its global mandate of ensuring food security for all, and its role as Task Manager of several chapters of Agenda 21, FAO is promoting the implementation of Chapter 10 of Agenda 21, "Integrated Planning and Management of Land Resources (IPMLR)" .

Environmental management, AlbaniaThe broad objective of IPMLR is to promote the uses of land and productive landscapes that provide the greatest benefits (socio-cultural, economic, environmental) and meet stakeholder priorities, thereby contributing to local and national goals in both the short and long term. This integrated approach (IPMLR) involves improved management of natural resources, the provision of social and economic incentives and the development and adoption of appropriate technologies and participatory planning and decision-making processes. The outcome will include improved access to resources for marginalised groups; employment and income generation to alleviate poverty; stable production, supply and marketing of nutritionally adequate food and other products; conservation and sustainable use of resources and a healthy ecosystem.

A number of major events and conferences are taking place in 2001 and 2002 which could be considered as building blocks for the Johannesburg Summit (see events), in particular:

In moving towards these milestones, in regard to land and agriculture, FAO is facilitating feedback and consultations with stakeholders with the aims of (a) soliciting multiple perspectives and share experiences on progress and successes since UNCED; (b) identifying priority areas, knowledge and resource gaps requiring further attention; and (c) stimulating cooperation for achievement of goals of Agenda 21

The Process so Far

In this process FAO, in collaboration with UNEP, is preparing a joint Task Managers' report for CSD-10 on Land, Agriculture and Desertification. This report aims to presents progress since UNCED in implementing chapters 10, 12 and 14 of Agenda 21, highlighting major trends and issues and assessing the constraints and opportunities for implementation of the goals of these commitments, in regard to:

  • Integrated Planning and Management of Land Resources - IPMLR (chapter 10);
  • Managing fragile ecosystems: Combating desertification and drought (chapter 12); and
  • Promoting sustainable agriculture and rural development - SARD (chapter 14).

To assist in the assessment of progress and identification of priorities for policy and action in order to achieve sustainability in agriculture and land in the preparations for CSD-10 and Johannesburg Summit and beyond, in March 2001, contributions were solicited from the multiple stakeholders through an E-Conference and a multi-stakeholder dialogue on Land and SARD (Sustainable agriculture and rural development) held during the FAO Committee on Agriculture.

We would like to warmly thank those who contributed to the dialogue which both enriches and strengthens the assessment of the situation, and directly assists in finalising the TM report.

You are kindly invited to review the contents of this website and to participate actively in this process and to inform and solicit the contributions of your partners and/or members.



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