Source: International Land Coalition
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In 2013, the International Land Coalition (ILC) marked a historic expansion in its membership, reaching 152 member organisations in 56 countries, representing diverse interests and entities from national civil society organisations (CSOs) and grassroots movements to international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and United Nations agencies, all with a common agenda to work together on behalf of the world’s most vulnerable people to make tangible progress in achieving secure and equitable access to land.
As a result of our strategic actions and the unified voice with which we speak on land issues, ILC is becoming increasingly influential and is gaining recognition as one of the leading actors in land governance debates globally.
Notably, at the Global Land Forum and Assembly of Members (AoM) held in April 2013 in Antigua, Guatemala, ILC members unanimously approved the Antigua Declaration, in which they agreed to a series of commitments on people-centred land governance, expanding our common agenda to promote meaningful change.
In 2013, ILC scaled up its efforts (which began in 2011) to support the creation of consultative platforms in 20 focus countries to develop and implement National Engagement Strategies (NES), bringing together our members and other stakeholders at a national level to create a force for political change.
At a global level, ILC ensured that land issues were considered in important platforms, such as the G8 Land Transparency Initiative and the Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), and also raised the profile of members’ work at the World Bank Annual Conference on Land and Poverty and the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.
ILC has also become a leading advocate for transparency and open knowledge on land governance issues. The Coalition and its partners have launched a new and improved version of the Land Matrix Global Observatory, an online database of large-scale land acquisitions, which has gained critical acclaim and received widespread coverage in the world’s media.
We believe that we have found the right combination of supporting national initiatives while marshalling our influence to support them. We will build upon and replicate these efforts to overcome longstanding inequity in land rights.
Rowshan Jahan Moni
Co-Chair, Civil Society Organisations
Co-Chair, Intergovernmental Organisations”
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Deadline: 25 May 2014
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Source: Kathmandu Post, 11 March 2014
“The implementation of land reform policies is a must for long-lasting peace in an agrarian country like Nepal, Madiodio Niasse, the head of International Land Coalition, has said.
Niasse said in his recent interview with the Post that while on the ground level the country was engaged in innovative approaches such as joint-ownership of land by wives and husbands, the government, however, lacked the willpower to implement its land reform agenda.
“I was here in 2009 for a global assembly of our member organisations. The then prime minister Prachanda and finance minister Baburam Bhattarai both came to our summit meeting and made a commitment to move forward the land reform agenda. It is disappointing for me to come to Nepal now and find that the process has not progressed. I don’t understand why it is important to call the new land reform ‘scientific’ or ‘revolutionary’,” said the leader of ILC, a global alliance of organisations working in the field of land security.
On the concept of land redistribution in Nepal, Niasse said that it was a complex issue. The government of Nepal could expropriate land from the rich and distribute it to the poor, but given the democratic vibrancy in the country, authoritarian confiscation might not be feasible, he said. Besides, Niasse added, redistribution of land is about securing land rights, meaning the beneficiary is convinced of his/her ownership of the land, but if the state seizes land whenever it sees fit, the notion of ownership itself is challenged.
Niasse said Nepal could use tax system to discourage land concentration: the bigger the size of land, the higher the tax. “I know land redistribution is at the core of discussion here in Nepal and there is no easy solution. It is better to let the discussion continue and to have arguments put on the table.”
According to the 2010/2011 Nepal Standard Living Survey, 76 percent of the households are engaged in agriculture, five percent of which are landless. On average, an agricultural household owns 0.7 hectare of land. But four percent of the farmers, classified as large farmers with 2 hectares or more land, control 22 percent of the agricultural land compared to the 18 percent of the land that small farmers (constituting 53 percent of the total farmers) with less than 0.5 hectares of land operate.”
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Consortium for Agrarian Reform (KPA) got the opportunity to again give inputs on Land Bill. In this second Public Hearing Meeting (RDPU) with Government of Indonesia – Commission II DPR RI on 13 February 2014, Iwan Nurdin, KPA Secretariay General presented recommendation on amendment to articles in that Bill.
Points criticized as well as KPA’s recommendation in that DPR RI plenary session included several fundamental matters which must become Commission II concern in designing the Bill. Amongst other issues, there are:
- Chapter about Agrarian Reform, including Land as Object of Agrarian Reform and Recipient of Land as Object of Agrarian Reform (TORA) as well as Authority and Executor of Agrarian Reform Implementation;
- Chapter about Land Registration;
- Chapter about Settlement of Land Conflicts and Disputes;
- Chapter about Right to Use and its Maximum Scope, including Prohibition to Land Monopoly; and
- Chapter about Indigenous Community, it is necessary to include the latest update of Constitution Court RI’s Ruling No. 35/2013 about state legitimation on indigenous forest which is no longer part of state forest
Related news in Bahasa on http://www.kpa.or.id/?p=3135
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17 March 2014: STAR Kampuchea and the Krakor District Administration, Pursat province co-organized a meeting to form a working group for forestland institutions and stakeholders. A Technical Working Group for Community Forestry Demarcation (TWG-CFD) was formed with clear responsibilities, mandate, and schedule. TWG-CFD is recognized by the Krakor District Governor and comprises of district and deputy-district governors, district land department and land office, district councils, commune councils, heads of the forestry communities and other stakeholders. The mandate of TWG-CFD is to demarcate forestland of 1,300 hectares, involving 12 communities in the three communes – Kbal Trach, Anlong Tnout, and Ansa Chambok. These three communities were granted this forestland to organize forestry communities. Even though each community has organized committee members, clear boundaries of each community is a prerequisite for obtaining official registration.
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Source: STAR Kampuchea
The National Engagement Strategy (NES) for Cambodia was lauched on 19 February 2014. There were 22 participants (7 women), representing national and international NGOs, bilateral donors, and members of ILC. They were RAO, GVO, KYA, PDP Center, ICSO, KYSD, VSG, CRRT, WMC, World Vision, Oxfam, CLEC, NGO Forum, GIZ, SK.The launch was organized to 1) update and share the National Engagement Strategy for Cambodia (NES-Cambodia) with the partners, ILC members, and other key stakeholders; 2) share the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries, and Forests (VGGT) within that context; and 3) review the action plan, discuss possible cooperation and share responsibilities among NES- Cambodia partners. At the end of the meeting a NES- Cambodia Steering Committee was established. NES Steering Committee members are RAO, GVO, KYA, PDP Center, KYSD, NGO Forum, and CWMC.
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