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1 State of play in improving land and water governance: Increasing agreement and recognition, but which standard and what purposes, whose voices? J. Franco, TNI Agrarian Justice programme 1

2 Remarkable developments on the land front -- 2

3 CFS Tenure Guidelines Background ◦ Unprecedented example of consultative process of formulating an authoritative international standard ◦ Robust effort to practice LVC principle of ‘Not About Us Without Us’ ◦ Debated and dialogued directly with SMs ◦ Agreed on and adopted by governments Significance ◦ Relatively high degree of political legitimacy ◦ Voluntary character, but still seems to be recalibrating the terrain on which political struggles for control of land+, land policy and related visions of development continue to occur (note previous slide) Limitations ◦ Excludes water ◦ Like any regulatory measure or initiative, open to competing interpretations and uses Potential ◦ Establishes a moral imperative that wasn’t there before ◦ Like any regulatory measure or initiative, open to competing interpretations and uses 3

4 Government initiatives Global Donor Platform database on land   The overall aim of the initiative is to improve donor coordination and to support implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines for the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries, and Forests in the Context of National Food Security.  469 projects 119 countries $2.8 Billion  Includes projects prior to May 2012 adoption  Could include TG-driven interventions; could also include interventions not entirely, automatically or necessarily consistent with core TG principles – area for further study and new research?  EU page shows 44 projects in 31 countries 4

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6 EU Factsheet Available at nutrition/document/eu-support-rural-land-governance-state-play

7 Some highlights of EU support Inclusive approach: Multi-stakeholder platforms Coordinating mechanisms: Since 2003 EU Working group on land  Prepares common approaches to global initiatives (TGs, G8, post-2015 indicators)  Coordinates participation at major events  Knowledge and information sharing Current programmes ◦ 2004 EU Land Policy Guidelines; financed 92 projects since 2004 ◦ Current portfolio covers Africa, LatAm, Asia, MENA worth total €135 million at global-continental, regional-national levels  FAO for TG  €400,000 for 3 rd round  €1.2 million for early implementation  African Land Policy Initiative -- €8.8 million for  International Land Coalition since €4 million for  Sub-Saharan Africa – €20.5 million + €33 million (new)  Latin America – €31 million  Asia -- €23.5 million  MENA -- €10 million in Egypt Political commitments at the G8 ◦ EU will follow partnerships with 2 countries (South Sudan and Niger)of the total 7 partnerships under the 2013 Land Transparency Initiative 7

8 Closer look New EU programme to strengthen land governance in 10 African countries (SSA) Announced 9 April 2014 before ‘High-Level Conference on Property Rights: Land Tenure Security, the Missing Key to Eradicating Poverty’, jointly organized by EC and EP [video available at: ons.be/the-missing-key-to- eradicating-poverty.php] ons.be/the-missing-key-to- eradicating-poverty.php This new EU programme in SSA is to include application of some TGs – key question: which ones will it take up and how will it take these up? 8

9 Excerpt from press release -- Key questions regarding investment: which standard? what purpose? 9

10 TG implementation in practice: Emerging issues and concerns How inclusive? ◦ Participation in multistakeholder platforms uneven (both who and how) ◦ Context matters, and so what steps taken to identify and address particular challenges and are these being done in the same spirit of how the TGs were formulated? Who is sitting at the table? ◦ Case of fame: Mali? Case of shame: Myanmar Which standard? ◦ Standard being implemented is uneven -- which provisions? which understandings? ◦ Implementation is interpretation, and so far greater emphasis by those actors who are mobilizing seems to be on technical support for land mapping, land registration, land titling along the lines of conventional approach ◦ Example: ‘property rights’ vs. ‘legitimate tenure rights’ Where? ◦ Areas targeted for implementation very uneven, mainly (exclusively?) in the global South, but not necessarily correlated with broad+deep social mobilization, and leaving out North America and Europe 10

11 EU water policies on eve of EU Water Framework Directive ◦ Set 2015 to achieve ‘good water status’ ◦ Attempt to look comprehensively at Europe’s water resources and the overall aim of water protection – good water management is more than just about distribution and treatment ◦ Also includes how land use-mgmt/ spatial planning effects quantity and quality of water resources 2012 Blueprint to Safeguard Europe’s Water Resources ◦ Llikely to fall short by 2015 (roughly 50%), so how to achieve it? ◦ ‘Something better, something more, something new’  Among others:  Increase implementation of market mechanisms (pricing/ metering, cost-recovery schemes)  Increase integration of water policy objectives into other policy areas, such as CAP Updates? 11

12 Issues and concerns In general, global assessments of water scarcity often portray scarcity as something natural and inevitable and tend to obscure questions of equity, sustainability, distribution and access (Mehta and Movik 2014) Often do not: ◦ Disaggregate users and their entitlements ◦ Look at the politics of distribution ◦ Examine social relations underlying technological choices In general, more attention must be given in policy processes to: ◦ The functionality of water and equitable sharing ◦ The perspectives of especially marginalized and vulnerable people and peoples How does Europe’s water policy stand up in relation to such issues and concerns? 12

13 Some possible issues and concerns in the European context Simply integrating water into existing policy may not be enough or even appropriate -- and could even intensify the problems around water sustainability, access and distribution This is because Europe is experiencing a worsening land problem ◦ Land concentration, land grabbing, green grabbing, ‘artificialisation’, and shrinking access for prospective farmers ◦ Existing policy does not appear to address these issues or questions (may not even see them as ‘problems’) ◦ How are these trends impacting on water sustainability, distribution, access and questions of equity? ◦ How will the proposed water policies impact on these land problems? 13

14 Conclusion Adoption of TGs marked an important new step in international standard setting around land – both process and outcome remarkable! New phase generates new dynamics and contestations over competing meanings and purposes – this is to be expected since implementation ultimately still an exercise in interpretation too – in a democracy both dialogue and dissent are necessary and there must be room for diverse starting points and diverse visions of development One gap in the TGs was water -- how ongoing efforts to improve water governance in Europe will play out remains to be seen But … ◦ Will most likely have to address the issue of land governance as well (since land and water are intertwined) ◦ And should take cues from the TGs on what kind of process is needed to produce policy outcomes that many actors and forces – even competing ones -- can consider worth investing in. Thank you! 14


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