FAO Report Documents Participatory Territorial Mapping

June 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a report titled, 'Participatory and Negotiated Land Development - Facilitating Land Governance,' which documents the steps for participatory land mapping at the local level.

The report underscores the importance of process in defining territories and explores the issues of integration of perspectives and working across governance institutions, particularly with a view towards decentralization. It describes the role of a facilitator and six phases of dialogue that move from clarifying goals, and identifying stakeholders and historical cases, to establishing initial dialogues, negotiating and developing a territorial agreement.

The publication was developed in the context of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries, and Forests in the Context of National Food Security. It is presently available in French. [Publication: Développement Territorial Participatif et Négocié - La Facilitation pour la Gouvernance Territoriale] [Voluntary Guidelines Webpage]