Workshop 2.4

Workshop 2.4 Governance and Corruption in Land and Natural Resource Tenure

Stream 2 Natural Resources & Energy

Coordinator: Mika-Petteri Törhönen, Land Tenure Officer, UN Food and Agriculture Organisation FAO
Date: Friday 11:00 to 13:00
Location: MC 2

Land is the single greatest resource in most countries. People require land and related resources such as forests and water for food. Land provides a place for shelter, and is a basic factor of economic production as well as a basis for social, cultural and religious values and practices. Good governance in land and natural resource tenure can help to reduce hunger and poverty and to support social and economic development.

Weak governance, in contrast, has adverse consequences for society. Weak governance is found in formal statutory land administration as well as in informal and customary tenure arrangements. The poor are particularly vulnerable to the effects of weak governance as they lack the ability to protect their rights to land and other natural resources. Weak governance promotes gender inequality as poor women tend to be less able to secure their rights.
Reversing weak governance requires overcoming opposition from those who benefit from it. It demands the strong commitment of the people involved, and the development of capacity in order to make changes possible. Achieving good governance in land and natural resource tenure and its administration is not easy, but it is attainable.

FAO with partners, GTZ, the World Bank, UN-Habitat, IFAD, FIAN and the Government of Finland announces a new initiative to assist countries wishing to develop a formal policy response to the problems of weak governance and corruption. This work is intended to result in voluntary guidelines for good governance in land and natural resource tenure prepared jointly by governments, civil society and international organizations and approved by FAO's member nations, as well as other interested parties.
The workshop will address the questions of governance and corruption in the context of land and natural resource tenure seeking advice and support for adoption of the voluntary guidelines for good governance in land and natural resource tenure.

Moderator: Willi Zimmermann, GTZ
Rapporteur: Mika-Petteri Törhönen, Land Tenure Officer, UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)

Panellists:
Mika-Petteri Törhönen,
Land Tenure Officer, UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)
Klaus Deininger, the World Bank
Victor Endo, Independent Land Administration Specialist
Lusugga Kironde, UCLAS University, Tanzania
Orapan Nabangchang, Sukhothai Thammatirat Open University, and Coordinator of Land Forum Thailand (NGO)