Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification adopted the Land Tenure Decision 26/COP.14 in 2019. Decision 26/COP.14 “Encourages the Parties to follow the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security principles, taking into account the principles of implementation, in the implementation of activities to combat desertification/land degradation and drought and achieve land degradation neutrality.” The Voluntary Guidelines (VGGT) include principles for the governance of tenure of land for all, in particular for vulnerable and marginalized groups. They were unanimously adopted by members of the UN Committee on World Food Security.
TMG Research is working with the governments of Benin, Kenya, Madagascar, and Malawi to advance the
implementation of the UNCCD Land Tenure Decision 26/COP.14. The partnership involves analyses of the impact of activities to achieve Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) on legitimate land tenure rights and to devise ways to secure legitimate tenure rights and achieve LDN. It benefits from support by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Development and Cooperation and GIZ.