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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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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 padlet.com/DLAP/NaPaDatoolkit 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.

Respectfully,

The BIOS team.

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Earth Day is celebrated every year on April 22 and on this occasion an alarm is sounded regarding the protection of the environment. This day was founded in order to arouse the interest of the political class towards the environment.

Earth Day was founded by US Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970, with the aim of drawing the attention of the political class to the disinterest he showed in the environment. For the first time, this moment was marked by anti-pollution demonstrations throughout the United States, attended by about 20 million Americans. As a result of these demonstrations, US Senator Gaylord Nelson has managed to convince politicians of the need to adopt appropriate legislation for the protection of the environment: the law of fresh air, the control of toxic substances, water quality, etc.

From 1970 until today, every year, April 22 has been celebrated as Earth Day and events are organized to bring to people’s attention the need to protect the environment.

Earth day 2020 is not just the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Also on this day in 2016, the Paris Agreement was signed to take measures to reduce and adapt to climate change. The theme for Earth Day 2020 is climate action. The enormous challenge – but also the vast opportunities — of action on climate change have distinguished the issue as the most pressing topic for the 50th anniversary.

It is necessary both on this day and every day to change the actions we take to change our lives and protect the environment.

Even during this time during the exceptional situation due to coronavirus, we must meditate and plan our actions so that it does not have a negative impact on the Earth.

On behalf of the Platform of the National Engagement Strategy in solving the land related problems, we urge all stakeholders, including central, district, local public administration, economic agents, scientific research institutions, universities, colleges, lyceums, gymnasiums, non-governmental organizations to plan and after this period (in which we are obliged to stay at home), carry out environmentally friendly sustainable actions, so that we not only exploit the Earth, but also take care of it.

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