Technical guide on the integration of VGGT

The guide outlines the practical applications 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 context of designing and implementing Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) initiatives.

The Technical guide on the integration of the voluntary guidelines on the responsible governance of tenure of land, fisheries and forests was published by the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in May 2022.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries, and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (VGGT), the internationally accepted framework on the responsible governance of tenure. 

Opening a new chapter in ongoing efforts to combat desertification, land degradation and drought, this guide addresses the integration of VGGT within the implementation of the UNCCD and of Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN). 

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development contains specific targets that highlight the importance of secure tenure and equal access to land, particularly for women and vulnerable communities, in the pursuit of many development objectives. In 2019, the 14th Conference of the Parties of the UNCCD requested the UNCCD and FAO to work together to produce this technical guide on how to integrate the VGGT into the implementation of the Convention and the concept of Land Degradation Neutrality. 

There is no “one size fits all” solution when it comes to enhancing tenure security for the increased uptake of sustainable land and water management practices. This technical guide, offering nine action-oriented pathways, is a first step, building on the rich expertise and experience of key partners and outlining practical solutions that can be tailored to diverse national and local contexts. 

It offers a flexible multi-pathway approach to support policy and decision-makers and relevant stakeholders in shaping a tailor-made response to commonly encountered land tenure challenges via a range of national plans, legal frameworks, strategies and action programmes addressing land degradation.

This technical guide has been produced with the financial support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and the Ankara Initiative of the Republic of Türkiye.

(UNCCD/FAO/ile)

Read more and download the Technical guide on the integration of the voluntary guidelines on the responsible governance of tenure of land, fisheries and forests at UNCCD website

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