Quick-scan Online Survey: Land Governance and the COVID-19 Crisis
LANDac (the Netherlands Land Academy) and the LANDdialogue (Land Governance Multi-stakeholder Dialogue) call on their networks to share their concerns and observations on the global COVID-19 pandemic. Fill out this short survey to help the land governance community prepare for the challenges ahead.
COVID-19 and the measures taken worldwide to curb the pandemic are of great concern to the global land governance community. Alarming observations are coming in not only about loss of livelihoods and deepening poverty, but also of government crackdowns on civil society, the suspension of land administration services and irregular land acquisition. While it is still early to assess the precise extent and the combined effects of these developments, our concern is that increased pressures on land in the global South in combination with a potential erosion of protective and due diligence measures, may result in a growing risk of loss of land access to the poor and resource grabbing. It is the shared duty of land governance actors worldwide to prepare for the multiple challenges ahead.
With this survey, LANDac and the LANDdialogue aim to make a first inventory of the observations and concerns in the land governance community
This will help to map the current challenges and opportunities for effective and fair land governance and those to be expected in the near future. The survey is part of a range of efforts developed jointly by LANDac and the LANDdialogue and their partners to understand the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on land rights and help prepare the land governance community to address these. Consult the
for further details.
The results of the survey will remain confidential and anonymous, and only aggregate conclusions will be shared. However, we kindly ask you to leave your e-mail address below. Questions and concerns regarding the survey and future actions may be directed to Chantal Wieckardt (LANDac) and Alke Gijrath (LANDdialogue) at
I. Introductory questions
1. Are you part of:
an NGO or civil society organisation
a knowledge institute (incl. universities)
a private firm or business
a governmental or multilateral organisation
2. Are you based in:
Latin America and Caribbean
Asia & Pacific
3. What region(s) or countries are you working in?
II. Observations and Concerns: Land Rights and Land Access
1. What are your first observations concerning the effect of the COVID-19 crisis on land rights and land access?
2. What are your major concerns regarding the effect of the COVID-19 crisis on land rights and land access?
3. What is, in your opinion, the biggest risk factor for poor people’s land rights and land access under the current conditions?
4. In your opinion, what measures should be taken to mitigate these risks and by whom?
III. Observations and Concerns: Land Governance
1. What are your first observations regarding the effect of the COVID-19 crisis on land governance institutions and instruments?
2. What are your major concerns regarding the effect of the COVID-19 crisis on land governance institutions and instruments?
3. In your opinion, how can these concerns be addressed or mitigated?
IV. Looking Ahead
1. In a medium- to longer term perspective, how do you expect the COVID-19 crisis to impact any of the following issues:
a) Food Security
b) Land-based investment
c) Pressure on land in specific areas or regions
d) Women's land rights
e) Land conflict and mediation
f) International community's involvement in the field
2. How do you think the COVID-19 crisis will or should change the future work and priorities of the land governance community?
Thank you for your inputs on behalf of LANDac and the LANDdialogue.
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