written by Lukas Giessen, Pia Katila and Maria Schlossmacher
As a chartered
member of the Global Landscape Forum (GLF), EFI Bonn was
delighted to host a jointly organized event together with our long-term
partners and friends from IUFRO-WFSE, FAO, and Luke at the GLF in Bonn, Sunday 23 June 2019.
Through an introductory presentation
by Pia Katila (IUFRO-WFSE, Luke) followed by a panel discussion, several
questions were discussed: How are tenure and rights included in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? What is the evidence on the links between
rights/tenure and sustainable landscapes? Why has the progress on strengthening
tenure rights of local communities been so low? And what are the most promising
approaches to strengthening the link?
The SDGs call for equal access and rights
to land and other productive resources. Pia Katila noted that rural land rights
are implicitly included in three SDGs: SDG 1 on poverty, SDG 2, on hunger and
SDG 5, on gender. However, tenure and rights are instrumental for moving
forward with several other SDGs as well, such as e.g. SDG 8 on employment and
economic growth. They are also crucial
for SDG 10 to reduce inequality within and among countries, SDG 14 to conserve
and sustainably use coastal areas and mangrove forests and SDG 15 on protection
and sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems such as forests.