Given the pressing need to strongly defend the right to land as a human right, a "Monitoring Tool based on the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests" has been introduced.
In response to the recent wave of land grabbing and plundering, the concentration of land and water in the hands of a few powerful entities, as well as the growing privatization and commoditization of nature, this “Monitoring Tool” was officially launched last week in Panama City. FIAN International hopes this publication will serve to strengthen resistance movements, and reinforce and broaden the scope of national and international legal frameworks that recognize, respect, protect and guarantee the rights to land and other natural resources of marginalized social groups.
In 2012 the United Nations' Committee on World Food Security (CFS) adopted the Voluntary Guidelines on Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries, and Forests (henceforth, Tenure Guidelines) in regards to national food security. Since these Tenure Guidelines are based on human rights, they can serve as a springboard to claim and defend the right to land.
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