Caux Dialogue on Land and Security 2017

Programme 2017

Caux Dialogue on Land and Security 2017

Please note that this programme is subject to change.


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Initiatives for Land, Lives, and Peace (ILLP) is delighted to present the Caux Dialogue on Land and Security (CDLS) 2017, the fifth of its series. CDLS 2017 will focus on tackling land degradation and conflict, and advance the global discourse on best practice for implementing successful initiatives and investments.

Hosted in partnership with UNCCD, IUCN and the CAUX-Initiatives of Change Foundation, CDLS 2017 will convene experts, policymakers, practitioners, activists and the private sector to exchange experience and knowledge on three key aspects: investment, peace and restoration. A Policymakers Roundtable and the Invest in Peace forum will take place concurrently, also to explore how innovative investment, business practices and governance can bring a durable peace and sustainable land management.

The CDLS 2017 program facilitates the opportunity to deepen expertise and knowledge. Participants will choose between three streams central to the essential connections between land, lives and peace. Designed to enhance cross-fertilisation between participants, daily plenaries, dialogue groups and feedback sessions will cultivate knowledge and trust-building, as well as foster partnerships and initiatives among all participants.


CDLS 2017 will offer three workshop streams on Restoration, Peace, and Business. Streams create an opportunity for participants to go deeper into the subject matter over a sustained period. Each day will focus upon a different theme: Problems; Solutions and Creativity; and Possibilities and Dissemination. CDLS 2017 is designed to encourage cross-fertilisation and exchange between the streams to explore these vital issues holistically.

RESTORATION: landscape and ecosystem restoration models

It is slowly dawning on the world that land degradation is a serious issue, and from the UNCCD to Afr100, a plethora of initiatives have been born to try to turn the tide. But even the most visionary of them seem to deliver very modest outcomes: for example, the international community has a goal for Land Degradation Neutrality, but not for Land Restoration. And yet the promise that lies in being more ambitious is immense: we can, and should, restore most of the degraded ecosystems of the earth. This strand will explore the challenges and the promises – environmental, social and economic – of a full ecosystemic approach to land use.

Participants and contributors include:

  • David Bergvinson, Director General, ICRISAT
  • Gwendoline Raban, Senior Environmental and Social Scientist, Earth Systems, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
  • Leigh Winowiecki, Soil Scientist, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)
  • María Rosa Mosquera-Losada, Head of Crop Production Department, University of Santiago de Compostela; and President, European Agroforestry Federation
  • Muna Ismail, Project Coordinator, The Yeheb Project
  • Mark Schauer, Secretariat Coordinator, Economics of Land Degradation
  • Patrick Worms, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)
  • Rhamis Kent, Consultant, Permaculture Research Institute
  • Seth Itzka, Co-founder and Co-director, Soil4Climate


Peacebuilding is central to land restoration and can be nurtured by healthy governance structures. This stream will focus upon case studies and initiatives from fragile and conflicted lands with a focus upon peacebuilding initiatives, peace economies and innovative governance structures that complement trust building. The need to scale up and disseminate successful models of grassroots and community peace/land partnerships will be presented and explored. Lands and communities in transition will be part of our explorations as we go deeper into contemporary challenges and opportunities. Contributions will feature initiatives in Northern Syria, Kenya, USA, the Philippines and more.

  • Ahmed Ekzayez, Director of Shafak Organisation
  • Alan Channer, Steering Group Member, Initiatives for Land, Lives and Peace
  • Bremley Lyngdoh, Founder and CEO, WorldView International
  • Renald Flores, Accredited Professional of Savory Institute
  • Severine Von Tscharner Fleming, Director of Greenhorns
  • UNCCD report launch on land tenure
  • Zimbabwe Ministry of Environment


Business stream will explore models and possibilities for investment that align with ecosystems and communities. It has been acknowledged that that private sector should play a wider role in landscape restoration, and that many environmental and social initiatives can benefit from private investment. But how to make small-scale projects investment-ready and how to leverage all the opportunities that arise from this new discourse? This stream will focus on new funding instruments, address how to bring private investments to landscape restoration projects and develop roadmaps for new projects.

Participants will include:

  • Alan Laubsch, co-founder of Lykke
  • David Addison, Director, Virgin Earth Challenge
  • Dom Cox, Founder, FarmOS
  • Lauren Fletcher, CEO, Biocarbon Engineering
  • Sophia Faruqi, World Resource Institute (WRI)
  • Willem Ferwerda, CEO, CommonLand
  • Representatives from Yale University