Topic outline

The course introduces the main concepts and principles of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure. It aims to help people understand the Guidelines and to apply the principles to practical situations in their countries, as well as to raise the general awareness of responsible governance of tenure of land, fisheries and forests.


The curriculum primarily addresses "change agents"- i.e. people who can have a direct impact by introducing changes in how tenure is governed. They include national policy makers and administrators, surveyors, trainers, legal support providers, civil society and non-governmental organizations, advocacy, control and monitoring professionals.

  • Basic concepts of tenure rights and responsible governance of tenure
  • The Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests
  • The five principles of responsible governance
  • The ten principles of implementation
  • Processes and frameworks to improve governance of tenure

The course consists of 5 lessons of 45 minutes duration each:

  • Lesson 1 – Why is Governance of Tenure Important?
  • Lesson 2 – The Voluntary Guidelines on Responsible Governance of Tenure
  • Lesson 3 – Principles of Responsible Governance of Tenure
  • Lesson 4 – Implementing Responsible Governance of Tenure
  • Lesson 5 – Processes, Mechanisms and Frameworks

The online version of this course runs on the latest versions of the major browsers, such as Chrome, Safari, Edge and Firefox.

The downloadable version only runs on Windows PC’s and no additional software is needed.

The content of the course is also available in text format (pdf).

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    • Partners

      European Union (EU)