Land consolidation is a well-proven land management instrument, which has traditionally been used for agricultural development with a main objective of reducing land fragmentation and increasing holding and farm sizes. Used as a multi-purpose instrument, it can help projects that aim at restoring nature, mitigate and adapt to climate change and large-scale infrastructure projects as it provides an opportunity to compensate landowners and farmers in land instead of monetary compensation.

Some European countries have a land consolidation tradition that goes back a hundred years or more. It is also widespread in particular in countries in Asia but also in Africa.

This webinar replaces two sessions on land consolidation initially planned for the FIG Working Week 2020 in Amsterdam (May 2020). As many others, this meeting was cancelled due to the COVID-19 situation.

The objective of this discussion is to promote good land consolidation practices and the practical application of the FAO Legal Guide with the examples from a range of European countries. It will also serve to support the application and implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (VGGT) and achieving SDG targets such as 1.4, 2.3 and 5.a.

In this webinar, FAO introduce the new Legal Guide on Land Consolidation, prepared based on the outcomes of a study of good practices for land consolidation legislation in Europe. The Legal Guide has been prepared by FAO in close cooperation with technical networks such as LANDNET, FIG and UNECE WPLA. The Legal Guide could be downloaded on FAO site.


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ILC organised an online meeting on 17th June at 11.30 AM (Rome time) to present the tutorial “Moving online. Tools and tips for the online facilitation of ILC platforms”. ILC tested together with participants some of the tools presented in it Moving online_Tutorial ILC. Some participants shared their experience in organising and performing online events.


The tutorial could be also accessed as following:

  1. Go to MemberNet
  2. Select the language on the top right of the page
  3. Click on the tab “ILC Corner” on the top of the page
  4. Look in “Basic module” – click on “See more” to see the last modules uploaded
  5. Here it is – “Moving online

We encourage members of the NES Moldova Platform to use this guide in their work.


NES Moldova Team.

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Following the decisions at UNCCD COP14, FAO in collaboration with UNCCD will be organizing a series of online expert consultations that will contribute to produce a technical guide on how to integrate the VGGT into the implementation of the Convention and land degradation neutrality. These consultations will bring together national experts from selected countries, subject matter experts, SPI members and CSO representatives of UNCCD and key resource partners who will contribute in the preparation of the technical guide.

The first online consultation were be held on 17 June 2020 on occasion of the “Desertification and Drought Day” from 14:00 – 16:00 hrs (Rome time)

1. Why are we here?
14:00-14:10 (10 min)
Opening and setting the scene
Vera Boerger, Senior Land and Water Officer, FAO, and Barron Orr, Lead Scientist at UNCCD14:10-14:40 (30 min)
Institutional perspective
– Eduardo Mansur, Director, Land and Water Division, FAO
– Marcela Villarreal, Director, Partnerships Division, FAO
– Louise Baker, Unit Chief, External Relations, Policy and Advocacy, UNCCD
– Christina Blank, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
– Christopher Hegadorn, Secretary, Committee on World Food Security
РMarioldy Sanchez Santiva̱ez, AIDER, Peru
2. What realities do we have on ground?
14:40-15:30 (50 min)
Status of VGGT and LDN
Insights from country case studies of bridging the gap between VGGT and LDN- Mongolia – Governance in pastureland;
– Sierra Leone – National Land Policy Reform
– Senegal – Introducing VGGT in integrated land management
– Tunisia – Land consolidation and conservation
– Guyana – Linkages of LDN and land use planningDiscussions
3. How can you contribute?
15:30-15:55 (25 min)
Next steps and draft annotated outline
– Introduction by Stefan Schlingloff, Land and Water Officer, FAOConsultative process in countries and CRIC
– Intervention by Trevor L. Benn, Commissioner, Guyana Lands and Surveys CommissionDiscussion and roles for contributing to the process15:55-16:00 (5 min)
Conclusion and closing remarks

Concept Note for online consultations on integration of CFS-VGGT into implementation of UNCCD and LDN is following: Concept_Note_Consultations (1)

Due to the increased interest and multiple comments, the duration of the conference was extended, and each participant (about 60) mentioned what he could contribute to the development of this Guide.

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Dear friends:

This year, living under the shadow of COVID19, choices seems to have vanished for many of us. We can’t choose where we go, how we work, and how we celebrate with our friends, our families. We should be celebrating the just-ended Decade on Desertification, for example. As people suffer and as jobs and incomes are lost, we at UN Convention to Combat Desertification, instead, extend our deepest sympathies to everyone affected.

While some of our choices and freedoms have been temporarily cut held, we have not lost all power and influence. We can still make some important choices. If we take care of nature, nature will take care of us. We need nature, nature does not need us. If we intrude into nature’s wild spaces and degrade the land, we can expect more zoonotic diseases to emerge; we can expect the services land provide us with – healthy food, clean air and water – to disappear. In our globalized world, the food we eat, the feed for our livestock and the fibre for clothes impact land thousands of miles away. Each of us holds the power to protect the land for each choice we make in our daily lives. And we can still choose to protect nature. By doing so, we in fact protect our future.

The food we lose or waste every year uses 1.4 billion hectares. By wasting food, we indeed waste land and water, we waste our biological resources, we emit carbons, we jeopardize the future of new generations. In most cases, how much food we waste is entirely our choice. The land used to graze and produce grains to feed animals makes up 80 per cent of agricultural land. But you can choose a more balanced diet.

By 2030, the fashion industry is expected to use 35 per cent more land, most of it to grow materials for cheap and throw-away fashion. But we can choose that shirt or those jeans more carefully. Those choices do not diminish our quality of life. On the contrary, they improve it.

A new social contract for nature would see human kind committed to building back better, smarter and stronger in the years to come. If we choose to work in harmony with nature, we will avert land degradation, we will curb our emissions, we will reverse biodiversity loss. If we choose to restore the land rather than destroy it, we can create jobs and opportunity.

If, like us, you are inspired by the 80 countries that have pledged to restore 400 million hectares by 2030, you can choose to support communities and restore their land. By doing so, you restore hope too. Your choices matter, and no choice is too small.

Thank you.

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Dear colleagues!

In connection with the Covid pandemic19, members of the Priority Area 10 (PA10) of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region discussed on 15 and 16 June the option of organizing online interactive meetings / events, especially the organization of National Participation Days.

The presentations included in the agenda of the Agenda_Online Meeting of Danube Local Actors Platform_NPD  can be accessed here 2020-06-15_D-LAP_NPD I , 2020-06-16_D-LAP_NPD II and used in your activity.


Access the Online National Participation Day toolkit at and find useful documents, articles and links for organising interactive online meetings. The toolkit also includes tutorials of the online tools that were presented at the meeting as well as of some of those that were proposed by the participants. The toolkit will be regularly updated.


The videos of the meetings can be accessed on the WebEX platform. Access the video (with the chat and polls) will also be accessible via the PA 10 YouTube channel.


The BIOS team.

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