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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 Friday, 20 September 2013 (Day 2)
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Meeting room view during the closing plenary.

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.

Strategy Sessions

Legal Recognition and Empowerment

Jagdeesh Rao, Foundation for Ecological Security
Rachael Knight, Namati, and
Teresa Eilu, Land and Equity Movement in Uganda

Patrick Bottazzi, Center for Development and Environment (CDE), speaking during the strategy session on "Legal Recognition and Empowerment."

Ross Clarke, Oxfam
Rachael Knight, Namati

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

Deepening Synergies Between Community Land and Resource Rights and Conservation Efforts

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

Jennifer Mohamed-Katerere, IUCN
Jenny Springer, Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI)

Kristen Walker Painemilla, Conservation International (CI)
Michael Painter, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)

Expanding and Leveraging Private Sector Interest in Securing Community Land Rights


Mark Constantine, International Finance Corporation (IFC)
Megan MacInnes, Global Witness (GW)


Andy White, RRI, and Mark Constantine, IFC
Megan MacInnes, GW and
Lou Munden
, The Munden Project (TMP)


Mapping and Documentation


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

Lilian Achola, Uganda Land Alliance
John Nelson, Forest Peoples Programme (FPP)

Sophia Murray, TMP

Making Community Land Rights a Global Priority

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.

Arvind Khare, RRI
Penny Davies, Ford Foundation

Jane Carter, HELVETAS
Alexandre Ghelew, SDC

Kysseline Chérestal, ActionAid
Ivar Jørgensen, Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation

Plenary - Reports from Strategy Sessions

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

Joan Carling, Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact
Raquel Zingapan, Philippine Association for
Intercultural Development (PAFID)

Closing Plenary

Panel (L-R): Arvind Khare, RRI, Jürgen Blaser, SDC; Samuel Nguiffo, CED; Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Tebtebba; Chris Anderson, Rio Tinto; and Duncan Pruett, Oxfam.

Jürgen Blaser, SDC
Arvind Khare, RRI

Andy White, RRI
Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Tebtebba

Samuel Nguiffo, CED
Duncan Pruett, Oxfam


Coffee Break

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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