Developments on corruption in land use

  • Ensuring effective land use is critical to meeting global food and resource security challenges.
  • The UN FAO have released a report which highlights that weak governance has increased the likelihood of corruption in land tenure and administration, and is intensifying the impact of pressures on land use.
  • The exploitation of unsecured land is not a new revelation. However, new voluntary guidelines are being drafted to help improve land governance. Such global guidelines may provide a framework through which land owners can help to maximise land use potential and restrict corrupt use.

Governments may wish to consider the implications of the guidelines within the UK, and investigate the impacts of global adoption on improving food security.

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Knowledge Exchange Manager at Cranfield University's Centre for Environmental Risks and Futures (CERF). Sharing the latest news from Cranfield, and insights from across the industry. All things risk, environment, and the future.
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2 Responses to Developments on corruption in land use

  1. Dr M C Smith says:

    The government has just reduced the land use planning guidance to just 52 pages from over 1000 so why would they issue more on an issue which is not a major issue in the UK. The real key to understanding planning in the or anywhere for that matter is in the rational for state intervention – i.e. the UK has nationalised the right to develop land, unlike most other countries. The means guidelines from one country can not be applied to another. Also maximising the potential use of land for whom?…

    • Hayley Shaw says:

      A valid comment Mark! However I don’t think this insight is suggesting new planning guidance in the UK. The key is recognising we are part of a global food system, which needs to plan on a global scale to achieve food security. If other countries are making more use of their land and seeing reductions in land use corruption, then this benefits the global market. There may be specific benefits to the UK, depending on which crops and markets are influenced by reduced corruption. So the recommendation is not to introduce extra rules for something that is not a major UK issue, but rather to consider how these improvements may affect our response to the global food security challenge. At least that’s just my interpretation on this!!!

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