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The land degradation neutrality principles related to good governance


Land in Balance, a science-policy brief prepared by the UNCCD Science-Policy Interface

Scientific Conceptual Framework for Land Degradation Neutrality, a report of the UNCCD Science-Policy Interface

© CIAT / Neil Palmer

The land degradation neutrality (LDN) principles for good governance underpin the whole LDN process and are integral to its overall success. They promote the establishment of mechanisms and policies at the national and sub-national levels that guarantee the long-term sustainability of LDN achievements and the sustainable and participatory management of land.

The principles and standards of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (VGGT) (FAO, 2012b) underpin the principles for good governance, and are central to how LDN can encourage responsible governance and help safeguard land tenure and land rights.

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Principles related to good governance
1.   Effectiveness: define clear LDN goals and targets at all levels of government in order to focus policy development and implementation efforts towards achieving those goals and meeting the agreed targets;
2.   Efficiency: maximise the benefits of avoiding, reducing and reversing land degradation at the least cost to society;
3.   Trust and engagement: build public confidence and ensure inclusiveness through collaborative legitimacy, ensuring the security of livelihoods and fairness for society at large;
4.   Sustainability and local responsiveness: balance the economic, social, and environmental needs of present and future generations and ensure the interchange between institutions/multi-stakeholder platforms at different scales;
5.   Legitimacy and equity: achieve societal endorsement through collaborative processes and deal fairly and impartially with individuals and groups, providing non-discriminatory access to services;
6.   Transparency, accountability and predictability: strive for open governance that demonstrates stewardship, responds to feedback and communicates decisions in accordance with rules and regulations;
7.   Integrity: ensure a clear separation between private interests and governance decisions.

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