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Expert Group Meeting on Land Rights, Climate and Gender

29 February - 1 March 2024, Quezon City, Philippines

Expert Group Meeting "Transforming Land Rights and Climate Justice through a Women-Led Renegotiated New Social Contract"

Co-Chairs Roshni Sharma and Clarissa Augustinus, FIG Task Force on Climate Compass, attended this expert group meeting. The meeting was organised by the Rural CSO Cluster in partnership with the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN), Huairou Commission (HC), University of East London (UEL), Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST), and the Asian NGO Coalition for Agrarian Reform and Rural Development (ANGOC).

This EGM was a stocktaking exercise of global developments, opportunities and entry points for further GLTN work in Phase IV and the following four outcomes were in focus:

  1. To develop a common understanding on emerging challenges in relation to land rights, climate justice and gender equality, and how to respond to them effectively;
  2. To help develop the formulation of a new social contract to facilitate women’s climate justice using the experience of women-led land rights initiatives for inclusive and embedded multi-stakeholder partnerships;
  3. To consider how to adapt existing GLTN land tools to deal with the multi-faceted aspects of climate justice, gender equality, and human rights; and,
  4. To determine how to adopt an affordable, effective, and inclusive climate monitoring system in the context of land insecurities and effectively land administration and other responses.

Lessons from the EGM will help GLTN strengthen efforts such as advocacy documents, tool adaptation for climate change, and responsive land use planning projects. Ensuring women are beneficiaries as well as active participants in discussions on climate change is vital as the impacts threaten all populations.

Going forward, GLTN can focus on redirecting the climate change narrative by documenting indigenous land management practices, sharpening its agenda on climate change, and building partner capacity at the national level. Don  Marquez highlighted the importance of circulating the draft social contract document for feedback to help guide next steps, before thanking participants for their valuable contributions.


Roshni Sharma has prepared a summary of each session in the attached report



Louise Friis-Hansen/Roshni Sharma
April 2024