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Session Overview
364N: Strengthening data ecosystems to meet the needs of the SDGs and VGGTs
Thursday, 25/Apr/2019:
5:15pm - 6:45pm

Session Chair: Ward Anseeuw
Session Chair: Ariane de Bremond
Session Chair: Eva Rose Hershaw
Session Chair: Markus Giger
Location: MB-201
Main Building, room 201, second floor, east wing, 154 (+22) seats
Session Topics:
How do we support transformation?

Session Abstract

The inclusion of several land-related indicators in Agenda 2030 marked a significant step towards the recognition of land and tenure security as fundamental to a number of the overarching Sustainable Development Goals. The SDGs call for monitoring, evaluation and accountability to increase the availability of “high-quality, timely, and reliable data,” disaggregated to reflect the characteristics of local contexts. In late 2017, three priority land indicators – 1.4.2, 5.a.1, and 5.a.2, recognized by the land community for their transformative potential – were promoted to Tier II, signaling that a clear methodology had been established and data collection was underway. Coinciding with the promotion of land issues to Tier II, the fifth anniversary of the landmark Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure (VGGT) highlighted the successful creation of multi-stakeholder processes that had integrated principles of the VGGTs into laws and decision-making processes. Encouraged by the growing uptake of the tool, participants raised questions about ongoing promotion and implementation of the tool, as well as its monitoring and evaluation. As more countries adopted the VGGTs, questions of who should monitor this progress, and how, remained. Responding to this need, the last five years have seen a range of monitoring and data generation initiatives blossom, both State and non-State: initiatives such as PRIndex, the Dashboard, and the Land Matrix. In alignment with the VGGTs, GLII, and custodian-driven partnerships with NSOs, these are also generating people-centered data that, alongside official data, can offer nuance and depth to an evolving picture of local land governance. Building on this momentum, the current moment presents an opportunity to further reflect on the role of datasets that can complement one another, add novelty to debate, and further reflect the complex character of land governance in local contexts. But there is still work to do: This innovative and immersive session will discuss the collective significance of these complementary initiatives and how they – and the tools they have developed – are positioned to answer key questions on land and progress framed by the SDGs and VGGTs. We aim to offer a critical reflection on the role of the growing ecosystem of data and how to further improve collaboration among actors. Specifically, we will use this session to consider the potential roles that GLP and its scientists, as well as the field of LSS, can play in supporting the construction of a comprehensive data ecosystem that is conscious of what purpose – and whom – the data will serve. Session Organizers: Ward Anseeuw, Ariane de Bremond, Jérémy Bourgoin, Markus Giger, and Eva Hershaw

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