ILC Manual on Land Monitoring

How to establish an effective land monitoring initiative


In 2004, the International Land Coalition began to assess the potential for land data to empower rural communities and inform land policies for positive change. Since then, many organisations have been working to pursue this potential and fill the land data gap, including the development and use of gender and geospatial data.

Today, the quality, availability and accessibility of land data has greatly improved, and despite the long road that lies before us, the ILC is pleased to contribute to the joint efforts in reaching a land data revolution.

With the approval of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security, ILC is in the process of developing a common monitoring system based on the complementarity of land monitoring activities.

We are proud to present one of our latest contributions in this monitoring handbook: a step-by-step approach on how to undertake an effective land monitoring initiative. Developed in parallel to our collaboration with FAO for an e-learning module on the same topic, it is our hope that our members can generate and use data obtained to influence the land debate and decision making processes.  Ultimately, realising people centred land governance. 

We invite ILC members to take the future of land governance into their own hands by investing in the power of peoples data!

Annalisa Mauro
Global Network Coordinator
International Land Coalition