Governing tenure rights to commons
The Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security were adopted by the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) in 2012. They lay out the obligations and responsibilities of state and non-state actors to govern the tenure of land, fisheries and forests, including commons. Pastoralists and other marginalised groups depend on commons for access to food, sustaining their livelihoods, and their cultural and social identity. The FAO technical guide on Governing tenure rights to commons (2016, 86pp) provides strategic guidance and suggests practices for implementing the standards and recommendations of the Voluntary Guidelines, with the aim of recognising and protecting tenure rights to commons and community-based governance structures. The guide is available in English, French and Spanish and is accompanied by an animation film Caring for commons: securing legitimate rights.