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International Conference on Scaling-Up Strategies to Secure Community Land and Resource Rights

19-20 September 2013 | Interlaken, Switzerland

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Meeting room view during the opening plenary.
Friday, 20 September 2013

The International Conference on Scaling-Up Strategies to Secure Community Land and Resource Rights continued today in Interlaken, Switzerland. Throughout the day, participants convened in five parallel sessions to discuss strategies for scaling-up community land and resource rights recognition. The themes discussed in each session were: mapping and documentation; legal recognition and empowerment; expanding and leveraging private sector interest in securing community land rights; making community land rights a global priority; and deepening synergies between community land and resource rights and conservation efforts.

In the afternoon, representatives of the five groups reported back to plenary on the discussions that took place in each of the sessions. They summarized the main priorities and opportunities for scaling-up that emerged from their sessions, and recommended next steps and expected milestones for the coming years.

In the closing plenary, a panel representing a diversity of stakeholders made some summary remarks on impressions from, and achievements of, the conference, stressing the importance of capitalizing on the momentum created by the conference and currently available opportunities for scaling-up recognition of community and indigenous land and resource rights. Duncan Pruett, Oxfam, on behalf of the co-convening organizations, summarized the main messages to emerge from the conference, including that participants were excited about the target to double the amount of secured community lands, but that bad governance was the “elephant in the room.” He noted that the co-convening organizations would meet the following week to discuss the way forward.

Arvind Khare, Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI), closed the meeting at 4:55 pm.


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Strategy Sessions

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Indra Van Gisbergen, Forests and the
European Union Resource Network (FERN)
Michael Ochieng Odhiambo, People,
Land and Rural Development (PLRD)

Peter Kitelo, Chepkitale Indigenous Peoples' Development Programme
Jill Blockhus, The Nature Conservancy

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Andy White, RRI, and Mark Constantine, IFC
Megan MacInnes, Global Witness (GW)

Madhu Sarin, RRI
Peter Veit, World Resources Institute (WRI)

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Panel (L-R): Jessica Evans, Human Rights Watch; Tony La Viña, Ateneo School of Government, The Philippines; Alexandre Ghelew, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC); Liz Alden Wily, Tenure Specialist; and Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Tebtebba.

Jane Carter, HELVETAS
Alexandre Ghelew, SDC

Plenary - Reports from Strategy Sessions

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Panel (L-R): Stephan Dohrn, Radical Inclusion; Mark Freudenberger, Tetra Tech ARD; Jeff Campbell, FAO; Tapani Oksanen, Indufor; Luca Miggiano, ILC; and Michael Ochieng Odhiambo, PLRD.

Nuria de Oca, IFC
Liz Alden Wily, Tenure Specialist

Closing Plenary

Jürgen Blaser, SDC
Arvind Khare, RRI

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Coffee Break

Thursday, 19 September 2013

The International Conference on Scaling-Up Strategies to Secure Community Land and Resource Rights opened today in Interlaken, Switzerland. Participants convened in plenary sessions and breakout groups. In the opening plenary session, representatives of Rights and Resources Initiative, IUCN, International Land Coalition, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and Oxfam welcomed participants and stressed the urgency of securing community land rights at this turning point in history. They also called for new alliances that bring together a diverse set of stakeholders. The opening session was followed by a panel discussion to set the stage for the meeting, where panelists were invited to comment on why land rights and this conference were important.

In the morning and afternoon, participants met in five breakout groups to discuss strategies to reach the goal of doubling the amount of land under secure community tenure by 2018. The strategy sessions were on mapping and documentation, legal recognition and empowerment, expanding and leveraging private sector interest in securing community land rights, making community land rights a global priority, and deepening synergies between community land and resource rights and conservation efforts. The strategy sessions reported back to the plenary in the afternoon.

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Opening Plenary

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Panel (L-R): Andy White, Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI); Willi Graf, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC); Poul Engberg-Pedersen, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN); Michael Taylor, Secretariat of International Land Coalition; and Duncan Pruett, Oxfam.

Andy White, RRI
Michael Taylor, Secretariat of International Land Coalition

Setting the Stage: Insights from Core Constituencies

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Panel (L-R): Andy White, RRI; Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Tebtebba; Chris Anderson, Rio Tinto; Iris Krebber, Department for International Development (DFID); and Samuel Nguiffo, Center for Environment and Development (CED).

Chris Anderson, Rio Tinto
Samuel Nguiffo, CED

Strategy Sessions

Mina Susana Setra, Aliansi Masyarakay Adat Nusantara (AMAN)
Liz Alden Wily, Tenure Specialist

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Scott Poynton, The Forest Trust (TFT)
Anne Roulin, NESTLE

Mark Freudenberger, Tetra Tech ARD
Rukka Sombolinggi, AMAN

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Jane Carter, HELVETAS, speaking during the strategy session on "Making Community Land Rights a Global Priority"


Plenary – Reports from Strategy Sessions

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Panel (L-R): Stephan Dohrn, Radical Inclusion; Joji Cariño, Forest Peoples Programme (FPP); Rukka Sombolinggi, AMAN; Mark Constantine, Internation Finance Corporation (IFC); Jane Carter, HELVETAS; and Gonzalo Oviedo, IUCN.

Gonzalo Oviedo, IUCN
Mark Constantine, IFC

Welcome Reception on Wednesday, 18 September 2013


Related Links
Meeting resources

*Meeting website

*Meeting programme

*Community Land Rights Blog

*Previous Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) Dialogues on Forests, Governance and Climate Change


IISD RS resources

*IISD RS coverage of the Twelfth RRI Dialogue on Forests, Governance and Climate Change, 5 November 2012, Washington, DC, United States of America

*IISD RS coverage of the Eleventh RRI Dialogue on Forests, Governance and Climate Change, 12 October 2011, London, United Kingdom

*IISD RS coverage of the Tenth RRI Dialogue on Forests, Governance and Climate Change, 7-8 September 2011, The Hague, Netherlands

*Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
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