Towards Human Rights-Based Tenure Governance in Asia Perspectives, Challenges, and Strategies

This paper summarizes the discussions that took place in a meeting of representatives from peasant, fisher folk, indigenous peoples and rural women’s organizations, and civil society organizations (CSOs),  in Bangkok Thailand, 26-28 September 2017. The main aim of the gathering was to foster learning on how to use the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries, and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (VGGT or Tenure Guidelines), with the broader goal of advancing human rights-based tenure governance in Asia. Over 50 participants from 12 countries in Asia and four outside Asia participated in these discussions. Majority of them are active in grassroots and national organizing to secure land and natural resource rights for their constituencies. Others have been involved in multi-level policy making processes to support local peoples’ rights to land and natural resource tenure.

 

The paper refers to some presentations made in the regional meeting and features ‘think pieces’ from resource persons who provided inputs on key themes tackled during the three-day discussions.  However, the views expressed in this paper are those of Focus on the Global South (Focus).  

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