Ethics

Promoting Responsible Land and Soil Governance

The competition for increasingly scarce soil resources warrants responsible land governance which protects the needs of the world´s most vulnerable citizens. Many rural areas depend directly on natural resources for their livelihoods. Local power asymmetries translate in many cases to reduced access to land for marginalised communities, and the increased risk of food shortages and poverty. The situation is further destabilised through insecure tenure, population growth, land degradation, and climate change.

To transform these patterns of hunger and poverty, it is crucial not only to advance technical measures of soil rehabilitation, but to also implement a human rights-based approach of soil and land governance. Secure land tenure rights does not necessarily mean individual rights, but can also be collective and include tenure systems employed by indigenous people and other communities with customary systems. Below are some interesting videos highlighting such problems.

 

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