Fourth Webinar: Responsible governance of tenure as a vehicle to achieve Land Degradation Neutrality, combat drought and desertification in sub-Saharan Africa


28 October 2021


Virtual event


Lilian Goredema, FAO
Yasmeen Telwala, FAO

Thursday, 28 October 2021 - The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), within the framework of the Resilient Food Systems (RFS) programme, is holding the fourth and final webinar on responsible land tenure governance as a vehicle to achieve Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) and combat drought and desertification. The webinar is part of a capacity-building process that entails a series of four webinars and discussion forums with 17 sub-Saharan African countries.

In this webinar, speakers from FAO will focus on SLM as it relates to the tenure specifications of public land, commons and private land. Themes include recognizing and recording tenure rights, as well as creating incentives for private landowners to invest in SLM. The session will also include a discussion on key themes within the webinar series, the FAO capacity building process and a conclusive summary of the key takeaways from the webinar series.

Responsible governance of land is a fundamental component of sustainable land management and an important element of addressing desertification, land degradation and drought. This notion was acknowledged by the 197 Parties of the UNCCD in 2019 as the 14th Conference of the Parties (COP14) adopted a landmark decision on land tenure.

To date, the UNCCD stands as the only multilateral environmental agreement explicitly addressing the issue of land tenure. Following COP14, the UNCCD Secretariat, together with the FAO, is developing a technical guide on how to integrate the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of land, fisheries, and forests in the context of national food security (VGGT) into implementing Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) whilst achieving multiple benefits for wellbeing, food security, livelihoods, land-based jobs for youth and the environment.

Building on the learnings and experiences from RFS, the EU Land Governance Programme in Africa and other flagship initiatives in Africa, this series of four webinars will support an increased understanding of the land degradation–land tenure nexus and serve to receive feedback on the draft technical guide.

For more information, contact Ms. Aurelie Bres, Land and water officer, FAO (, or Yasmeen Telwala, Governance of tenure and land degradation, FAO (

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