All stakeholders are cordially invited to register and attend a joint UNCCD-FAO regional webinar on integrating land tenure into restoration initiatives. These webinars aim to raise awareness on the value of tenure security and its contribution to biodiversity conservation, sustainable land management, ecosystem restoration, and climate change mitigation and adaptation while improving food security and local livelihoods. The recent decisions taken by the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) encourage country Parties to integrate the principles and practices contained in the Voluntary Guidelines on the Governance of Tenure (VGGT) into the design and implementation of Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) and other land restoration initiatives. By recognizing and enforcing legitimate tenure rights, land restoration policies, projects, and programmes can be more efficient and effective in responding to interconnected land, biodiversity, and climate emergencies.
The purpose of these regional webinars is to:
- Provide updated information on the joint UNCCD-FAO land tenure work to all interested stakeholders, including a more concise understanding of the Technical Guide on the integration of VGGT and LDN and the pathways and good practices that it presents.
- Increase awareness on the challenges and opportunities for integrating the principles and practices of the VGGT into a wide range of LDN and land restoration.
- Exchange on specific regional challenges and national experiences, specifically addressing the need for genuine commitments to human rights, fit-for-purpose or improved administrative and institutional capacities, and dedicated financial support to sustain efforts to achieve greater tenure security.
- Describe the upcoming request for proposals, criteria, and selection process to support national consultations, in selected countries across regions, to further develop specific guidance, exchange lessons learned, and inform land tenure strategies and action plans.
Partners and co-organizers of the webinars include Landesa, Land Portal, International Land Coalition, UN-Habitat Global Land Tool Network, TMG Think Tank, and others.
The webinars will be held from 15-17 May 2023 and conducted in English (with simultaneous interpretation as indicated below). All stakeholders must register in advance via the links provided below:
15 May 2023 | 10:00-13:00 CEST | Africa/Arab Region | English/French/Arabic
Registration link: https://unccd-int.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_QN8CadbJTbO7CPmdrkdm3w
16 May 2023 | 15:00-18:00 CEST | Latin America/Caribbean | English/Spanish
Registration link: https://unccd-int.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_NnerYZraReKu95NselnNhQ
17 May 2023 | 08:00-11:00 CEST | Central-East Europe/Asia/Pacific English/Russian/Chinese
Registration link: https://unccd-int.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_4HvXHXFTSG6WeYNuDedpSg