Caux Dialogue on Land and Security (CDLS) 2017
11 – 15 July 2017


The business of land restoration and trust

The case for tackling land degradation and conflict is clear. Land degradation costs businesses around $40 billion a year, and is a real risk to the future of the food, fibre, forestry and bioenergy industries. It reduces yields, threatens harvests, and destroys people’s livelihoods, until they’re forced to move to find work. Add weak governance and other socio-economic inequalities, and conflict often follows.

The solution? Uncovering new ideas to restore land and build trust, increase private investment, reduce the risk of conflict, lower the impact of climate change, and create new markets. That’s what the ground-breaking discussions at the Caux Dialogue on Land and Security 2017 aim to achieve.

We will highlight and explore the needs and opportunities for private sector investment in land restoration and trust building initiatives, and connect policymakers, investors and businesses with the very people leading the fight for land restoration across the world. It’s a unique opportunity to find solutions and plan of actions for urgent issues of our time.


>>Programme and schedule<<


Participants will choose between three streams central to the essential connections between land, lives and peace:

  • Restoration: exchange best practices in landscape and ecosystem restoration
  • Business : explore models and possibilities for investment that align with ecosystems and communities
  • Peace: land governance and security for long-term restoration programmes
Topics will include
  • Investment in landscapes: what does and doesn’t work
  • Land governance: establishing land security for long-term restoration
  • Trust building in private sector restoration projects
Running as part of this year’s Caux Dialogue on Land and Security
  • Environmental Education Programme for Children: bring your family to Caux and make sure your children are having a great time while you attend the event!
  • Emerging Leaders: a programme for young entrepreneurs and leaders of innovative and peace projects (applications open in March!)
  • Policymakers Round-table (on invitation only, for senior policy professionals)
  • Invest in Peace: a specialized event for investors and finance experts (separate registration required)
What past participants say

I enjoyed the event and have gained a lot of insight from discussions with many participants, young and old!

Martin Lees, former Secretary General of Club of Rome and Member of Gorbachev High Level task Force on Climate Change

We’ve been introduced to organizations deeply trusted by local communities, so they are natural partners for introducing technology we believe has huge potential. They are a great bridge between what we’re building and what we hope to achieve – massive reforestation.

Matthew Ritchie, representatives of BioCarbon Engineering, CDLS 2016


The event will start on Tuesday 11 July at 16:45 and will end on Saturday 15 July at 12:30.

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Caux Dialogue on Land and Security was created by Initiatives for Land, Lives and Peace, a programme of Initiatives of Change International