The brochure, part of UNDP/GEF's "Lessons for the future" series, highlights examples of UNDP/GEF activities to combat land degradation in Morocco, the Caucasus, Senegal, Lesotho, Pakistan and Sudan. Approaches covered include empowering traditional pastoralists, conserving arid and semi-arid ecosystem, preserving biodiversity and landscapes, etc.
In 2005, UNDPs Drylands Development Center and the International Land Coalition hosted a workshop that addressed key land tenure issues in Africa that influence food security, environmental sustainability, agricultural intensification, conflict, peace building and broader rural development. This publication contains 12 briefs that summarize select papers presented at this workshop.
The main argument of this paper is that insecurity of land tenure is a socio-political condition that can be made and unmade. It points out the need for a more action-based and community driven evolutionary process for land rights reform and governance in Africa. The publication focuses on Africa but also draws examples from other poor agrarian areas.
The document aims to help UN country teams, as well as other UN staff, intergovernmental organizations and CSOs to: Understand the issue of land governance, why it matters and why civil society needs to be involved; Understand why UN agencies need to work with CSOs to promote pro-poor land governance; and Identify the opportunities and entry points that exist for such UN-CSO collaboration.
The publication provides practitioners and policy-makers with practical guidance on the mainstreaming of gender considerations in sustainable land management (SLM). It argues that such approaches will not only provide women with a platform to fully engage in development, but will also enhance the delivery of impacts and effectiveness of our interventions.