Caux Dialogue on Land and Security (CDLS)
29 June - 3 July, 2016


This year’s conference is over, but read more about the 2016 edition here and tune in for next year!



Realising the potential of land restoration

Nearly 25% of the world’s productive lands and 10-20% of drylands are degraded (Economic of Land Degradation, 2015). Farmers must therefore migrate to find fertile land and pastoralists venture further to seek pasture. Tensions over land reduce the ability to manage resources, worsening the degradation. A vicious circle takes hold. The outcome? Devastated landscapes - and war.

Finding and sharing effective, creative and inspiring solutions to complex problems is what the Caux Dialogue on Land and Security (CDLS) is all about.

Through a host of engaging panels and interactive workshops, policymakers, activists, scientists and farmers will chart ways to unpack the complexity inherent in land degradation, migration and conflict. CDLS 2016 will gather pioneers from around the world who are developing solutions based on trustbuilding and agroecological insights to boost land restoration.

Explore how innovative governance and sustainable land management can bring a durable peace.  Join us in shaping the future!



Special themes 2016
  • Land as a factor in mass migration
  • Interdependencies between land restoration, trust and security
  • The ideas and initiatives of social entrepreneurs
The Caux Dialogue will bring together
  • Farmers and NGOs with experience of how land is being restored,
  • Policy makers who can help create the right conditions,
  • People from business, funding organisations and diaspora communities who may discover potential partners in bringing about the needed scaling-up.
Organized in collaboration with
  • The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)
  • International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
CDLS 2016 Fellowship Programme

The annual Caux Dialogue on Land and Security (CDLS) seeks to connect experts and practitioners across disciplines and hierarchies to create a shared understanding and vision for sustainable peace in the world’s drylands and degraded ecosystems, and to build the trust needed for effective collaboration on the ground and in ‘land-peace partnerships’. This year, we are initiating a new program for 2016 Fellows on Land and Security. We are looking for outstanding young and ambitious individuals with existing projects or reasonably developed project ideas that address solutions for land and security issues. For more information and to apply, see here.  



  • Download programme 2016 here.
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