Strengthening Land Governance: Lessons from implementing the Voluntary Guidelines

May 2016
LEGEND State of the Debate Report 2016 (Ruth Hall and Ian Scoones with Giles Henley)

Presents a review of initiatives to implement and realise the principles of the Voluntary Guidelines on Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (VGGT), analyses some of their strengths and weaknesses and offers recommendations on the way forward. Based on an extensive review of existing documents; material and perspectives shared at several international conferences and colloquia; and interviews with many key participants in the formulation and implementation of the VGGT. Presents the main initiatives taken by diverse stakeholders to use, institutionalise and entrench the VGGT at local, national, regional and international levels. Focuses on 5 broad strategies: awareness-raising, capacity-building, national programmes, regional partnerships, and monitoring and evaluation.