What are the immediate effects of the COVID-19 crisis, and how might it change the future work and priorities of the land governance community?
Over the course of 5 days, between 29 June and 3 July LANDac Online Encounter 2020 brought together researchers, policy makers, development practitioners and business professionals in the field of land governance and development. The programme, included two key note contributions, three webinars, various parallel sessions and opportunities for online networking and exchange.
Watch the recording of the various sessions of LANDac Online Encounter 2020
By LANDac chairs dr Gemma van der Haar (Wageningen University) and dr Guus van Westen (Utrecht University) with keynote speakers: Prof dr Jun Borras (International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University), Prof dr Doreen Stabinsky (College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor) and Peter Riggs (Pivot Point and Climate Land Ambition and Rights Alliance (CLARA)
The Multifaceted Challenges of Land and Climate Change
Webinar organised by Oxfam Novib and the Land Portal Foundation
The issues addressed in this webinar are threefold. Firstly, climate change has a far reaching and devastating impact on people and societies depending on land and natural resources. People who did the least to cause climate change – are the most affected. Secondly, the dominant exploitative relationship toward land resources, based on an unequal economic model, is among the major contributors to human-induced climate change. The unprecedented rate at which land, forests and natural resources are being exploited is one of the leading drivers of the climate crisis. And lastly, land is also a key part of the solution to climate change and there is growing interest in nature-based solutions as a cost-effective strategy to mitigate and adapt to climate change. If not properly addressed, these solutions could perpetuate inequality in use/control of land and natural resources, ignoring or undermining local community rights, particularly of vulnerable groups under the guise of being environmentally friendly. Addressing these challenges requires to re-define property rights and tenurial arrangements, in combination with adaptive and sustainable management of land and natural resources. It also requires combining action at micro, meso and macro level for systemic change.
This webinar aims to explore the following question: What kind of land governance will foster adequate climate response actions?
- Dr. Sara J. Scherr, President and CEO EcoAgriculture Partners
- Amy Senter, Chief Sustainability Officer, Kellogg Company
- Dr. Jagdish Krishnaswamy, Senior Fellow, Suri Sehgal Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation
- Clemence Abbes, Oxfam Peru
Covid-19 Pandemic and Land Governance
Webinar organised by LANDac, the LANDdialogue and the Land Portal Foundation
In this webinar, LANDac, the LANDdialogue and the Land Portal Foundation will take stock of the emerging insights on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on land rights so far and discuss concerns about impacts expected for the mid-to-long term on equitable and sustainable land governance. The discussion will build on previous efforts of the broader land governance community, including the Quick-scan Survey on the COVID-19 crisis by LANDac and the LANDdialogue, insights shared over the past few weeks by the LANDac fellows from the Professional Learning Programme and the webinar and discussion series ‘Land Rights Implications of COVID-19’ by the Land Portal Foundation and its partners.
- Alke Gijrath, facilitator LANDdialogue
- Fridah Githuku, executive director GROOTS Kenya and LANDac fellow
- Laura Meggiolaro, team leader at the Land Portal Foundation
- Jimmy Ochom, Land Rights Coordinator at Oxfam in Uganda
The Nexus of Land Governance and Climate Change Adaptation in Relation to Urban Tenure
Webinar organised by ITC University of Twente and the Land Portal Foundation
During the past year, a community of practice that includes eleven LANDac fellows have conducted research into different land-based investments and their impacts on local communities across sub-Saharan Africa. Their aim was to strengthen the position of local communities to negotiate for their interests. From September 2019 onwards, the LANDac fellows conducted bottom-up research on mining companies in Sudan, special economic zones in Senegal, large agriculture investments in Mozambique, community land in Kenya, highways and real estate in Uganda and Dutch flower investments in Ethiopia, with special attention to women’s (land) rights.
During this session at the LANDac online encounter, LANDac fellows will reflect on the past turbulent year and share and discuss their lessons learned from conducting bottom-up research and exchanging their findings with fellow colleagues across the region. Furthermore, they will reflect on the present and future challenges and opportunities for more inclusive land governance now COVID-19 will be part of land and livelihoods across sub- Saharan Africa.
- Bethelehem Fikre Beyene, Coordinator Ethiopian Netherlands Business Association
- Elhadji Faye, Program Coordinator, Enda Pronat Senegal
- Emilinah Namaganda, PhD candidate Utrecht University, Inside the Investment Frontier programme
- Fridah Githuku, Executive Director, GROOTS Kenya
- Hiwot Tadesse, Agricultural Value Chain Facilitator, Resilience BV Ethiopia
- James Wangu, PhD candidate Utrecht University, Follow the Food Programme
- Junior Alves Sebbanja, Physical Planner ACTogether Uganda
- Nzira de Deus, Executive Director, Fórum Mulher
- Salaheldin Abukashawa, Program Manager, ISTIDAMA Centre for Land and Environmental Governance
- Senait Getahun Worku, PhD candidate Utrecht University, Follow the Food programme
- Teddy Kisembo, Researcher, Urban Action Lab Makerere University