National Land Use Act lobby materials, now online!
In the Philippines, while a number of legislations on land have already been passed, these are sectoral and fragmented in approach and do not put premium on sustainability cutting across sectors in the long term. Hence, a National Land Use Act (NLUA) is crucial to address the said issues resulting to conflicting land claims threatening the livelihood and security of the marginalized.
These publications as lobby materials seek for the passage of the NLUA Bill. They highlight the need for the Bill featuring communities and areas which have experienced the adverse effects of the lack of land use planning in the light of natural disaster occurrences. They also discuss the conflicting priorities between food security and settlement issues.
The publications may be downloaded below:
Striking a balance: Agricultural interests vis-à-vis housing concerns in the National Land Use Act – This emphasizes the need for proper land use planning in the light of conflicting priorities between addressing hunger and settlement issues.
Philippine agricultural lands: Are they worth protecting? – This stresses the importance of protecting our agricultural lands to ensure food sufficiency. With the “prime agricultural lands” definition as one of the issues in the pending National Land Use Act (NLUA) Bill, this paper presents definitions of “prime agricultural lands” discussed and gathered from an experts’ forum that will be integrated in the said Bill.
Land, property and tenurial rights in a changing coastal environment – This shows the adverse effects of the lack of land use planning in coastal communities especially in the advent of a natural disaster. This publication features the Typhoon Haiyan-affected coastal communities in the Visayas Region of the Philippines as examples.
Land use and development in Northern Mindanao – This highlights the ambiguous land policies and processes as factors to the degradation of watershed and protected areas in Cagayan de Oro and Northern Mindanao Region of the Philippines, resulting to extreme typhoon disasters. Thus, this paper explains how the NLUA will address such policy issues from the local development perspective of Northern Mindanao.
These publications are in support of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale (GIZ) GmbH, Foundation for the Philippine Environment (FPE), International Land Coalition (ILC), and MISEREOR.