As part of the 10th-anniversary commemoration of the CFS VGGT, the Inclusive Rural Transformation and Gender Equality Division (ESP) of the FAO has organized a technical event composed of a series of round table discussions to critically reflect on obstacles encountered globally on VGGT’s uptake, political and economic challenges, and how to address them; to reflect on the different pathways to achieve change at scale building on the lessons learned on VGGT applicability; to stimulate discussion on the applicability of the VGGT in related fields and finally, to reflect of how to improve accountability towards their implementation, including the development of a Global Land Observatory.
The session aims to ask challenging questions on the monitoring of multilateral development mandates and the use of data to do so. Land monitoring can mean different things. It can involve the monitoring of biophysical features of the land, such as through observing land use change, or technical aspects for example addressing land access, control, and the governance rules in place. However, a land-related development project can also be monitored to gauge its impact and effectiveness. In all cases, it is vital that there is a provision of an accurate dataset from which an appropriate evaluation can take place. As we state at Land Portal “land monitoring systems are crucial tools for improving the governance, ownership, and management of land around the world”.
Are complex programmes to address land agendas accompanied by suitable monitoring mechanisms? Is this information accessible, or are we in need of a radical rethink? This session will expand on discussions from the first day of talks on the application of the VGGT, to hone in on their monitoring and what this means for the future success of the guidelines. We invite you to join us in discussing these key issues and more!
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