Operationalization of the VGGT through Innovative Mechanisms in Open and Transparent Land Governance | Land Portal

The Land Portal is a Foundation registered in the Netherlands in 2014.

The vision of the Portal is to improve land governance to benefit those with the most insecure land rights and the greatest vulnerability to landlessness through information and knowledge sharing.

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The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations leads international efforts to defeat hunger. Serving both developed and developing countries, FAO acts as a neutral forum where all nations meet as equals to negotiate agreements and debate policy. FAO is also a source of knowledge and information. We help developing countries and countries in transition modernize and improve agriculture, forestry and fisheries practices and ensure good nutrition for all.

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This event will explore the benefits of open and transparent land governance systems for the operationalization of the Voluntary Guidelines of the Governance of Tenure. Specifically, the side event will consider VGGT provisions on the legal recognition and allocation of tenure rights of indigenous peoples and local communities, how rights are transferred sand how land transactions are undertaken. Importantly, the event will look at how land administration systems, from recording tenure rights to taxation, can benefit from open systems. The Land Portal Foundation and the Open Data Charter will share their initiative to develop and Open Up Guide on land governance targeting specific governments. The CCSI will discuss its work Grounding Land Investment Transparency in the Needs of Local Actors. Tim Hanstad, CEO of the Chandler Foundation, a leading voice in the philanthropic community for open and transparent systems, will describe the need for open systems and how this can benefit vulnerable communities. Ellen O. Pratt from the Liberia Land Authority will provide a first-hand perspective of the implications on the inner workings of her own government. Javier Molina-Cruz will provide dynamic moderation that brings in the FAO perspective on land governance.

The format of the side event will include a brief introduction of the moderator followed by an interactive and dynamic discussion among the panelists  led by the moderator. The organizers will collect questions from the audience and the moderator will subsequently pose these questions to panelists. Selected participants will be given the floor to express their views.





Javier Molina Cruz, Senior Land Tenure Officer, FAO
Javier Molina CruzFood and Agriculture Organization
of the United Nations




Laura Meggiolaro, Land Portal Coordinator


Team Leader
Land Portal


Natalia Carfi

Deputy Director
Open Data

Ellen O. Pratt, Commissioner, Liberia Land Authority
Ellen O.

Liberia Land

Tim Hanstad, CEO, The Chandler Foundation

The Chandler
Sam Szoke-Burke, Legal Researcher, Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment

Legal Researcher
Columbia Center on
Sustainable Investment




  • Land Portal Foundation
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
  • Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI)
  • Open Data Charter
  • Liberia Land Authority
  • The Chandler Foundation


  • Participants will gain practical lessons in how governments can adopt open and transparent systems in land governance for the benefit of land stakeholders, which increases food security and nutrition.
  • Participants will hear from leading women voices on how better governance of land acquisitions can enable government operationalization of the VGGT for the benefit of stakeholders, including indigenous peoples.
  • Participants will hear about new and innovative initiatives from leading authorities that are contributing to improved land governance.



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