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Responsible land use and tenure are key to promoting peace in Colombia

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Colombia will deploy responsible land tenure principles to secure the rights of indigenous communities living in protected natural areas, buoyed by support from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the European Union.The initiative aims to contribute to biodiversity conservation, the safeguarding of cultural legacies and to help build peace in the wake of a 50-year civil war. Both institutions will support the government of Colombia in designing strategies to promote the implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security a blueprint FAO drafted to help governments protect the rights of people to ownership of or access to their traditional lands, forests and fishing areas. The three-year, million euro agreement was signed by Ana Paula Zacarías, the EU’s ambassador to Colombia, and Rafael Zavala, FAO’s Country Representative here, during a visit to the country by Federica Mogherini, the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. The project also aims to slow deforestation trends, govern land-use changes and help resolve disputes over how land and natural resources are exploited.

26 May 2016, Reliefweb –
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