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23rd September 2021 10:00 -
24th September 2021 15:00

Rutgers and Urban Studies Foundation organise the conference Negotiating Social Futures: The Politics of Land Development and Value Capture during and after Covid-19'. Join them as they explore, unravel, and advance the theory and practice of land value capture

The two-day public virtual paper conference will take place on September 23rd and 24th, 2021. It includes three paper panels with discussants, a keynote address by Professor Emeritus Robert W. Lake, co-author of Land Fictions: The Commodification of Land in City and Country (2021, Cornell University Press) and early career scholar training. The conference seeks to engage a global audience of activists, students, and scholars who focus on questions related to land, development, social policy, participatory democracy and land value capture policies. 

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28th September 2021
13:00 to 14:00

In this webinar, taking place on Tuesday 28 September 2021 from 13:00-14:00 CEST, the Land Matrix Initiative (LMI) will launch its third analytical report, “Taking stock of the global land rush”. The webinar will present an opportunity to discuss the findings and policy recommendations emerging from the report with its authors as well as other prominent experts in the field.

More than 10 years after the surge in large-scale land acquisitions (LSLAs) in developing countries following the spike in agricultural commodity prices in the late 2000s, the LMI has taken stock of the “global land rush” and its socio-economic and environmental impacts in its latest analytical report. The findings of the report are sobering, in part alarming, and highlight the urgent need to rethink LSLAs, which have reached a staggering total targeted size of 33 million hectares for agricultural and transnational deals.

Specifically, the report shows that, since a large fraction of the targeted area has yet to be put into agricultural production, and that expanding production poses a significant threat to rural livelihoods and natural habitats, swift and decisive action is needed to protect both. The report also shows that the non-consensual and uncompensated loss of land experienced by local communities often comes with only little socioeconomic benefits. Besides economic woes, LSLAs continue to destroy rainforests, natural habitats, and biodiversity on the agricultural frontiers. Overall, although progress has been made in terms of land governance, a lack of policy implementation in this area is evident. This is particularly apparent from the LMI’s assessment of the application of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure (VGGTs) and the dismal transparency of most land acquisitions.

The LMI is a partnership between the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) at the University of Bern, Centre de cooperation Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement (CIRAD), German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA), Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), and International Land Coalition (ILC) at global level, and the Asian Farmers’ Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA), Centre for Environmental Initiatives Ecoaction, Fundación para el Desarrollo en Justicia y Paz (FUNDAPAZ), and University of Pretoria at regional level

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French and Spanish interpretation will be available.

14th October 2021 - ALL DAY

Recent global upheavals have shaken the status is now time to decide where the pieces will land.

One of the most reliable forces in nature is inertia.Without an intervening force, things tend to continue in the same direction. Change to the status quo requires a shock to the system.For better or worse, the Security & Rule of Law (SRoL) sector has been dealt a number of recent shocks. This creates an opportunity to tilt the scales of power. But will it lead to a more balanced system?

At KPAC21, we challenge our community to move beyond aspirational rhetoric and showcase concrete examples of what could be done differently. For our part, we aim to practice what we preach. While each session will have a designated lead guiding conversation,we will ensure every session includes open forums for participants to share ideas and insights. No ‘talking heads’;no‘talking points’; just real talk. The objective is to create an inclusive space around the table.

Key Dates

  • Call for Session Proposals May27July 2
  • Attendee Registration Opens June 16
  • Session Selection Announced July 26
  • Final Session Outlines Due October 1
  • Annual Conference October 14

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