SLR supports French Development Agency with specialist Land Tenure Security

SLR Consulting has been working closely with the French Development Agency (AFD) creating a specific methodology to ensure that operational teams and industry experts work to improve the Land Tenure Security for communities affected by their projects. This approach to Land Tenure Security will complete an existing AFD approach on Environmental & Social Risk Management.

The AFD often face difficulty as there is no efficient national framework for land administration in developing countries where it operates. This increases the risk of land grabbing, the contentious issue of large-scale land acquisitions, or unfair resettlement compensation. The aim of the AFD Tenure Security Approach is to mitigate this risk by adopting a comprehensive approach to local tenure systems.  

This approach has been created in compliance with the World Bank standards and enhanced by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forest (2012). The FAO voluntary guidelines are a set of

international agreed terms on the governance of tenure. The voluntary guidelines promote secure tenure rights and equitable access to land, fisheries and forests as a means of eradicating hunger and poverty, supporting sustainable development and enhancing the environment. They were officially endorsed by the Committee on World Food Security in May 2012. Since then implementation has been fortified by the G20, Rio+ 20, United Nations General Assembly and the Francophone Assembly of Parliamentarians.

As part of its continuing relationship with the AFD, SLR’s Grenoble office will produce a comprehensive guide on the Tenure Security Approach alongside a supporting tool box, which is adapted to meet the AFD project cycle and procedures.

For more details, please contact Marie Guemas