Just, inclusive and sustainable land governance is a prerequisite for achieving many of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Peace and stability, sustainable livelihoods, food and nutrition security, economic development, gender equality, adaptation to climate change, human rights, social justice, and sustainable use and management of natural resources all beneft from improved land governance.
Many initiatives supported by the Dutch government and others have already contributed to improved land governance for many people in many developing countries. Nevertheless, much remains to be done, not only in increasing the scale but also in strengthening gender aspects, documenting legitimate land and land use rights, and charting the developmental impact of land-based investments on local communities and vulnerable people, for instance.
Objectives LAND-at-scale strives to contribute towards more equal access to land and natural resources, reduced conficts and competing claims over land and natural resources, and more sustainable and efcient use of land and natural resources for food, housing and production. As a result, LAND-at-scale will contribute directly to SDGs 1, 2, 5, 11, 15 and 17, while it may indirectly contribute to SDGs 8, 9, 10, 13 and 16.