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We very much hope that the process referred to above is going to contribute to this.

What is the role of civil society in implementing the VGGT?
On the one hand, we and local rural organisations have to urge governments to comply with the guidelines and implement them. This is a tough endeavour that requires stamina. On the other hand, we have to keep on applying them in our work again and again. In doing so, we must assess whether and how countries are fulfilling their commitments and we must strengthen local communities in making use of these guidelines in their daily struggles to claim their rights.

In Germany and particularly at international level, civil society is a driving force in establishing a monitoring process. For us, it is important here that information provided by rural groups flows directly into the process and that this monitoring is in exchange with existing monitoring systems which it is closely linked to: those in the human rights system.

Roman Herre is Policy Adviser, Land &
Agriculture at FIAN Deutschland e.V

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