ILC Asia members commit on sustainable, reliable, and transparent data to advocate the responsible land governance
ILC Asia opens initiative on the inclusion of Land Watch Asia (LWA) campaign to be contributed in influencing the land policy formulation and implementation through evidence-based advocacy, constructive engagement with governments and regional organisations.
The essential element of this initiative is to open access toward information and its involvement in land governance. While, the main component is to initiate CSO’s engagement with the National Statistical Offices (NSO) under the framework of the SDGs; to undertake LWA Country Monitoring on access to land and tenurial security in supporting the policy work; and to convene as well as to facilitate the work done by the eight countries.
In order to deliver the issue, the members of ILC Asia focus on Sustainable, Reliable and Transparent Data and Information towards Responsible Land Governance (CO-TRAIN) gathered in Bangkok during 22nd until 23rd October 2018. Eight countries of Nepal, Kyrgyzstan, Philippines, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, and Bangladesh delivered presentations on Land Watch Asia Country Papers, and Draft on Regional Land Data Scoping Study.
The issues lingering in this meeting were mainly on how to relate the land access issue to poverty, peace and development, as well as to find out the key issues and development trends over the past 10 years which have been impacting most of the rural poor’s access to land. This meeting also discussed about overview on the legal and policy environment on access to land, seeking the legal framework that ensures and protects the land rights of the rural poors, the law recognises and protects the customary rights, informal rights, and equal land rights for women, the law provide for secondary rights and collective tenure systems, and trying to find out the major laws and programs which have been introduced to improve the poor’s access to land and tenurial security.
Status of access to land by rural poor is also another topic being discussed here. Where the members focused more on the efforts in supporting the small-scale farmers and rural producers, and in securing land rights for indigenous peoples, equal land and property rights for rural women.
When we were discussing about access to land for the rural poors, this cannot be detached from topics on resolution of conflicts and protection of land rights workers, transparency in land governance and administration.
The primary objectives of this meeting are to present, to discuss, and to finalise the outputs of Land Watch Asia Country Papers Draft from 8 countries; Regional Land Data Scoping Study Draft; and Regional Annex A: Summary assessment on the availability and quality of rural land data, as well as and the last is summarising findings and recommendations.