Program

The conference was held on September 19 and 20 at the Victoria-Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa, in Interlaken, Switzerland.  For conference coverage, please visit IISD’s coverage of the conference.

 Program 

Wednesday, 18, September 2013

6:45 – 16:00 Optional Field Trip (See below for details)
18:00 – 20:00 Welcoming Reception at Victoria-Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa 

Thursday, 19, September 2013

Venue: Victoria-Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa

Time Activity Location
8.30-12.30 Registration
09.00-09.45 Opening Plenary: Welcome by Co-organizers La Salle Côté Jardin
09.45-10.30 Setting the stage: Insights from core constituencies Panelists:

  • Ms. Vicky Tauli-Corpuz, Executive Director, Tebtebba, The Philippines
  • Mr. Chris Anderson, Americas Director, Communities and Social Performance, Rio Tinto
  • Ms. Iris Krebber, Food Security Advisor, Department for International Development (DFID), UK
  • Mr. Samuel Nguiffo, Executive Director, Center for Environment and Development, Cameroon
La Salle Côté Jardin
10.30-11.00 Coffee break Les Colonnades
11.00-12.30 Strategy sessions:
  • Mapping and Documentation
La Salle Seiler
  • Legal Recognition and Empowerment
La Fontaine
  • Expanding and Leveraging Private Sector Interest in Securing Community Land Rights
La Salle Davinet
  • Making Community Land Rights a Global Priority
La Salle Ruchti
  • Deepening Synergies between Community Land and Resource Rights and Conservation Efforts
Le Conseiller
12.30-14.00 Lunch La Terrasse
14.00-15.30 Strategy sessions:
  • Mapping and Documentation
La Salle Seiler
  • Legal Recognition and Empowerment
La Fontaine
  • Expanding and Leveraging Private Sector Interest in Securing Community Land Rights
La Salle Davinet
  • Making Community Land Rights a Global Priority
La Salle Ruchti
  • Deepening Synergies between Community Land and Resource Rights and Conservation Efforts
Le Conseiller
15.30-16.00 Coffee break Les Colonnades
16.00-17.00 Plenary: First Day Reflections and Learning La Salle Côté Jardin

Friday, 20, September 2013

Venue: Victoria-Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa

Time Activity Location
09.00-10.30 Strategy sessions:
  • Mapping and Documentation
La Salle Seiler
  • Legal Recognition and Empowerment
La Fontaine
  • Expanding and Leveraging Private Sector Interest in Securing Community Land Rights
La Salle Davinet
  • Making Community Land Rights a Global Priority
La Salle Ruchti
  • Deepening Synergies between Community Land and Resource Rights and Conservation Efforts
Le Conseiller
10.30-11.00 Coffee break Les Colonnades
11.00-12.30 Strategy sessions:
  • Mapping and Documentation
La Salle Seiler
  • Legal Recognition and Empowerment
La Fontaine
  • Expanding and Leveraging Private Sector Interest in Securing Community Land Rights
La Salle Davinet
  • Making Community Land Rights a Global Priority
La Salle Ruchti
  • Deepening Synergies between Community Land and Resource Rights and Conservation Efforts
Le Conseiller
12.30-14.00 Lunch La Terrasse
14.00-15.30 Reporting back on strategy sessions La Salle Côté Jardin
15.30-16.00 Coffee break Les Colonnades
16.00-17.00 Closing Plenary: Wrap-up and Closing statement La Salle Côté Jardin

Strategy Sessions

1. Mapping and Documentation:  Various mapping techniques and technologies are a critical element of efforts to secure community land rights and claims on the ground, and to present information about community land and resource tenure that can shape advocacy efforts at different scales. This session will explore the problematics of mapping community lands, the use of maps to secure community land tenure claims and territories, the challenges involved in consolidating community land maps at the national and regional level, and opportunities for expanding adoption and scaling mapping and documentation efforts.  The specific objectives of the session are: 1) Review community mapping experiences with a focus on the local and national social and political challenges and the use of maps as advocacy tools to secure community land and resource rights; 2) Review experiences of consolidating community land maps at the national and regional level, focusing on social hurdles, political challenges, and the importance of shared protocols and standards; 3) Consider and prioritize strategies for scaling-up community mapping, including efforts to map community lands and to consolidate this data at the national, regional and global level.

Co-organizers: Peter Veit, World Resources Institute; Richard Chase Smith, Instituto del Bien Común; Rukka Sombolinggi, AMAN (Indigenous Peoples Alliance of the Archipelago)

2. Legal Recognition and Empowerment:  This session will examine the dynamics of legal pluralism and the opportunities and threats present in forms of legal recognition of customary law, customary land tenure and community land rights. Learning from community struggles, legal advocacy cases and engagement with business contract negotiations, participants will review the use of various community empowerment strategies and legal tools in different national and regional contexts and strategize priorities for the future. The session will start with an overview of different forms of legal recognition of local land rights and proceed through two interactive panel sessions wherein participants will consider a range of legal instruments and practical community-empowerment techniques being adapted and employed effectively across diverse contexts, in order to address diverse and competing pressures on the land and customary systems. This will build towards a final interactive strategizing session on advancing the protection of local land rights and preservation of community lands.

Co-organizers: Lorenzo Cotula, International Institute for Environment and Development; Rachael Knight, Namati; and Joji Cariño, Forest Peoples Programme

3. Expanding and Leveraging Private Sector Interest in Securing Community Land Rights:  This session will examine both current efforts from leading companies to respect and help secure community land rights and the work of civil society organizations to hold business to account and to push the land rights agenda across the private sector. It will take stock of promising business models standards, consultation processes that are undertaken by companies, as well as their efforts to ensure that land rights are respected throughout their supply chains.  The meeting will assess the status of sector-wide initiatives such as role of commodity platforms and the potential of engaging the financial institutions to take into account the financial risks of insecure tenure.  The discussion will also review civil society initiatives aimed at establishing standards, monitoring performance, and promoting transparency. The session will identify strategic opportunities for increasing private sector support to secure community land rights, and recommend specific next steps to advance this agenda in existing initiatives, as well as identify new, promising ideas and initiatives to scale up efforts in this domain.  Learn more about the session here.

Co-organizers: Rights and Resources Initiative

4. Making Community Land Rights a Global Priority:  This session will consider strategies for generating greater global attention and collective action on community land rights, as well as identify key steps to take advantage of existing international processes that can advance this issue. The session will take stock of past experiences with processes, movements or campaigns aiming to secure community land rights at different scales, to explore what has been effective, where there are tensions between different rights holders and interest groups and what opportunities exist for scaling up to build on these past experiences.  It will also take stock of the status of major relevant international processes relevant to the agenda to expand community land rights, including the Voluntary Guidelines, the AU’s LPI, UNFCCC and related REDD programs, FLEGT, the World Bank’s Safeguard’s Review, the recent G8 land initiatives, and the discussions on a Post 2015 framework.  It will develop specific recommendations for collaboration and action in each of the priority processes and forums for securing community land rights and raising the global prioritization of the issue amongst a range of different constituencies and key audiences.

Co-organizers: Duncan Pruett, Oxfam; and Vicky Tauli-Corpuz, Tebtebba

5. Deepening Synergies between Community Land and Resource Rights and Conservation Efforts:

Global conservation efforts are a major influence on land and resource use and tenure, with a wide range of positive and negative interactions with community land rights experienced in different contexts. Increasingly, conservation efforts scales are cognizant of the need to respect and strengthen local communities’ land rights in conservation strategies. This strategy session will examine ways to deepen synergies between community land rights and conservation efforts around the world, exploring both challenges and opportunities for active collaboration and new alliances.  Specific objectives of the session include: 1) To take stock of the relationships, issues and synergies between community land and resource tenure and nature conservation; 2) Discuss the challenges and opportunities and map out the critical routes for enhancing land tenure security and conservation outcomes, using a rights-based approach; 3) Make recommendations for action and collaboration on specific opportunities and entry points for scaling up conservation sector support to community land rights over the next 12-18 months.

Co-organizers: IUCN, Conservation Initiative on Human Rights, and Maliasili Initiatives

Note: Selected parts of the conference were captured on video and broadcasted on this website. Unauthorized recording or downloading of this video shall not be permitted. Any rebroadcast of this events shall be prohibited without our express prior consent. – Conference Support Team

**Optional Field Trip Program

Wednesday, 18, September 2013

6.45 Organized bus departure from Interlaken for the participants of the conference
7.30 Organized departure from Lyss for the European Tropical Forestry Advisors (ETFAG) participants
8.15-8:30 Arrival in Couvet and short briefing. Two smaller groups of participants will be formed to visit two different forest sites.
9.15-10.15 The first group visits single tree managed forests (“Plenterwald”), a typical forest management structure for small-forest holders in the communal forests of Couvet.  The second group visits woody pastures (commonly managed rangeland) in the community of Vers chez Bordon.
11:00-12:00 Site switch.  The first group visits the woody pastures of Verz chez Bordon and the second group visits the communal forests of Couvet.
12.00-13.30 Lunch in the village of Soliat
13.30-14.00 Plenum discussion for all participants in Creux du Van, a conservation area in the high Jura mountain (above 1000 m a.s.l.)
14.00   Departure of ETFAG participants and conference participants.  ETFAG participants may catch a train around 14:45 in Neuchâtel for travel to Zurich or Geneva airport or travel back to Lyss. RRI members will return to Interlaken, arrival around 15:45/16:00.