CSOs Commit to People Centered Land Governance in Kyrgystan
Civil Society Organisations of Kyrgyzstan gathered in a join force with International institutions and government offices to establish a multi stake holders partnership on land governance in the country.
The commitment was made in a multistakeholder consultation initiated by Kyrgyz Association of Forest and Land Users, Rural Development Fund, Union of Water User Associations and National Pasture Users Associations Kyrgyz Jaiyty, March 6 2018 in Bishkek. The meeting was attended by government officials and international organisations such as FAO and IFAD. Mostly the CSOs and the international institutions are the members of International Land Coalition.
The willingness to develop a partnership has been declared since last year, when the ILC convened Regional Land Forum, September 2017 in Bishkek. The ILC Asia’s members and broader institutions in Kyrgysztan made a commitment in a joint platform called as National Engagement Strategy to promote safe and equitable access to vital natural resources of local communities through advocacy, dialogue, exchange of knowledge and experiences, and capacity building in the context of climate change.
The initiative was therefore translated into a Strategy and Multi-action plan 2018-2021 document. A “Memorandum of Cooperation” was also signed between 4 national member organizations of the ILC Asia in the country namely Kyrgyz Association of Forest and Land Users, Rural Development Fund, Union of Water User Associations and National Pasture Users Associations Kyrgyz Jaiyty in order to have joint implementation of the said Multiyear Action Plan of NES Strategy.
The signing is the initial step for the ILC Asia member organisations and its partners in Kyrgyzstan to deliver one of the pillar of the national engagement strategy, in the establishment of a national communication platform with the participation of all stakeholders to engage, interact and promote the interests of local communities as the main beneficiaries of the platform in sustainable governance and use of natural resources.
The preparation study on people centered land governance has been made in 2017, and the strategy implementation is expected to be introduced in 2018.
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