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

19-20 September 2013 | Interlaken, Switzerland

Highlights for Thursday, 19 September 2013 (Day 1)
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Meeting room view during the opening plenary.

The International Conference on Scaling-Up Strategies to Secure Community Land and Resources 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.


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.

Willi Graf, SDC
Poul Engberg-Pedersen, IUCN

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

Duncan Pruett, Oxfam


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
Andy White, RRI, and Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Tebtebba

Iris Krebber, DFID, and Samuel Nguiffo, CED
Samuel Nguiffo, CED

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Strategy Sessions

Legal Recognition and Empowerment

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

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Deepening Synergies Between Community Land and Resource Rights and Conservation Efforts

Jennifer Mohamed-Katerere, IUCN
Kristen Walker Painemilla, Conservation International (CI)

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Expanding and Leveraging Private Sector Interest in Securing Community Land Rights

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

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Terhi Koipijärvi, Stora Enso

Mapping and Documentation

Mark Freudenberger, Tetra Tech ARD
Rukka Sombolinggi, AMAN


Making Community Land Rights a Global Priority

Maanda Ngoitiko, Pastoral Woman's Council
Duncan Pruett, Oxfam

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


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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.

Jane Carter, HELVETAS
Joji Cariño, FPP

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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