NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Ministers from Eastern Africa on Thursday
endorsed a regional land governance strategy to promote
The ministers from
the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD)
responsible for agriculture and land said that they are eager to
implement effective regional land governance programs that will
enhance regional integration necessary to achieve broader
social, economic and environmental goals.
“We hereby consider
and endorse the IGAD Land Governance Strategy and the Strategy
to Mainstream Land Governance into programs and projects as well
as those of member states,” they said in a joint communique
released in Nairobi.
The ministers from
Djibouti, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, South Sudan, Sudan and
Uganda also considered and adopted the IGAD Land Governance
Business Plan 2019-2023 and committed member states to mobilize
domestic financial resources for its implementation.
They noted that over
80 percent of land in the IGAD member states was under customary
or informal tenure.
The trade bloc also
undertook to strengthen land resource monitoring systems as well
as coordinate efforts towards the sustainable management and
utilization of shared natural resources.
The Horn of Africa
bloc also committed to harmonizing existing national plans of
action for marginal lands and dry lands management and also
ensure control of land degradation in line with the resolution
of Urgent Action for Africa under the United Nations Convention
to Combat Desertification.
They also committed
to take special measures in support of countries that have not
advanced in the development of national policies, legislative
and institutional frameworks on land.
The regional bloc
reaffirmed commitment to allocating adequate budgetary resources
for national land policy development and implementation
processes, including the monitoring of progress.
Kenya’s Chief Administrative Secretary in the ministry of lands
and physical planning, said that the strategy and IGAD
Mainstreaming strategy of Land Governance in the region are
important frameworks that should be supported and endorsed for
use in the region.
strategies, member states will enhance leveraging of internal
capacities in further improving land governance in the region
and agree on key values, principles and standards that will
foster the strengthening of land governance in the region,” he
The Kenyan official
noted that IGAD is one of the regional economic communities that
is spearheading improvement of land governance through the
implementation of the mandate under the AU declaration.
“We also welcome
donor support in this effort but also urge member states to
increase their national budgets on land to achieve
sustainability of systems and land reforms,” the ministry
He observed that
IGAD member states are at different levels of implementation of
the AU declaration on land.