Countries adopt global guidelines on tenure of land, forests, fisheries

In a landmark decision the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) today endorsed a set of far-reaching global guidelines aimed at helping governments safeguard the rights of people to own or access land, forests and fisheries.

The guidelines address a wide range of other issues as well, however, including:

  • Recognition and protection of legitimate tenure rights, even under informal systems
  • Best practices for registration and transfer of tenure rights
  • Making sure that tenure administrative systems are accessible and affordable
  • Managing expropriations and restitution of land to people who were forcibly evicted in the past
  • Rights of indigenous communities
  • Ensuring that investment in agricultural lands occurs responsibly and transparently
  • Mechanisms for resolving disputes over tenure rights
  • Dealing with the expansion of cities into rural areas