Princetonlaan 8a, 3584 CB, Utrecht +31 30 253 13 63


2nd April 2020
15:00 to 16:00

Acknowleding the spatial character of land tenure and management, the Land Portal is in the process of hosting a GeoPortal. It will visualize datasets already available on the LandPortal and will compile spatial datasets of importance to the land sector. In this interactive feedback session, participants of all backgrounds are welcome to give their feedback on its current functionality and usability. No spatial data knowledge is necessary, user statements will be acquired during the session in polls and through immediate feedback.

For more information and registration, click here.


22nd April 2020
14:00 to 15:00

ILC Webinars aim to encourage peer to peer learning, familiarize members and other stakeholders with ILC platforms, share updates and good practices, and build synergies within and beyond the network.


This webinar aims to: (1) promote understanding of the role CSOs can play in monitoring the progress of SDG land targets; (2) Introduce formats developed by the SDG Land Momentum Group on parallel reporting to ILC members and the land community; (3) Encourage CSOs and other stakeholders to report on progress on the implementation of SDG land targets.


  1. Why it is important for CSOs to report on progress of the 2030 SDG agenda
  2. Ways that CSOs and other stakeholders can report on progress of SDG land targets
  3. How CSO reporting have contributed to advocacy so far


  • Rueben Lifuka - Vice-Chair, International Board, TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL: "Why CSO space matter and the role that CSOs play in SDG reporting"
  • Diana Fletschner - Senior Director Research, Evaluation and Learning, LANDESA: "How CSOs can engage in reporting"
  • Eva Hershaw - Land Monitoring and Data Specialist, ILC: "Member-led land monitoring of global frameworks"
  • Jimmy Ochom - Land Rights Coordinator, OXFAM Uganda: "Case study from Uganda: Experiences and Lessons Learnt through advocacy based on the parallel reporting on SDGs"

The webinar will be moderated by Rukshana Nanayakkara, Global Policy and Advocacy Expert at ILC.

THIS WEBINAR IS FOR: ILC members, national statistical commissions, and any other interested stakeholder


23rd April 2020
13:00 to 19:00
Rijnstraat 8, The Hague

LANDac 10-year



23 April 2020
13:00 – 18:00

Land Governance & Climate Change:

Preparing for the near future

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Rijnstraat 8, The Hague, The Netherlands

On 23 April 2020 LANDac will celebrate its 10-year anniversary! During this day, the land governance community will gather for an interactive afternoon on the future of land governance in the context of climate change, with inspirational key notes and a visioning exercise:

In the context of a changing climate, how can we ensure land governance is
future-proof, sustainable and inclusive?

Save the date and join us for an inspiring afternoon and to raise the glass for the decade to come!



13:00 – 13:30                     Coffee/tea/water

13:30 – 13:45                     Opening by LANDac chairs dr Guus van Westen (Utrecht University) and dr Gemma van der Haar (Wageningen University
                                             and Research).

13:45 – 14:45                     Key notes by prof dr Jun Borras (International Institute of Social Studies) & Malovika Pawar (Indian Administrative Service &
                                            Utrecht University)

14:45 – 15:00                     Reflection by prof dr Annelies Zoomers (LANDac, Utrecht University)

15:00 – 16:00                    Interactive visioning exercise

16:00 – 16:45                    Plenary reflections

16:45 – 17:00                    Break


17:00 – 17:15                    Welcome by LANDac chairs dr Guus van Westen (Utrecht University) and dr Gemma van der Haar (Wageningen University
                                            and Research) & Kitty van der Heijden (Director General International Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

17:15 – 18:00                    Drinks

We are looking forward to welcome you!

Annelies Zoomers (Utrecht University), Barbara Codispoti (Oxfam Novib), Chantal Wieckardt (LANDac), Frits van der Wal (Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs) and Joanny Bélair (Utrecht University)


Registration for the seminar, incl. key notes and visioning exercise happens through this form. Please register separately for the celebration here. Deadline: 10 April 2020. Please note that there are only limited places available for the seminar, so make sure to register in time. Do not forget to bring a valid ID to enter the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

29th April 2020
14:00 to 15:00

ILC Webinars aim to encourage peer to peer learning, familiarize members and other stakeholders with ILC platforms, share updates and good practices, and build synergies within and beyond the network.


The webinar aims to position ILC WLR platforms in the process towards Beijing+25. It will help find linkages and boost collaboration among regional and global CBIs, and other stakeholders.


  1. How to work together to make sure that Women’s Land Rights matter in the Beijing+25 process
  2. What ILC initiatives on Women Land Rights are doing around the world and how they can be useful for your organisation and communities
  3. Good practices and other strategies employed by ILC members to secure women's land rights

THIS WEBINAR IS FOR: CBI 4 platform members, women organisations in general (members and non-members) including potential stakeholders and other organisations with an interest in this area of work.

10th May 2020 08:00 -
14th May 2020 17:00
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

It is with great pleasure that we welcome you to the FIG Working Week 2020 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. This welcome is on behalf of all organizing partners GIN, Kadaster, and ITC.  

The Netherlands is known for its tulips, wind mills and polder landscapes, and it is also known as one of the best surveyed areas in the world; every square meter has been mapped, registered and documented. Being small sized, densely populated, partly below sea level and the second exporter of agricultural goods in world, the management of land and water is crucial in our society.

Mapping and surveying are basic activities to support the management of land and water. Having almost 200 years of experience with mapping and more than 100 years of land consolidation, the Netherlands offers an inspiring environment for the FIG Working Week 2020. Not only the rural and urban environments show the important role our profession plays, also the institutional and professional context are renowned for its high level standards.

The theme of the Conference is “Smart Surveyors for Land and Water Management“. How to build and manage a densely populated coastal country with a land area of which nearly half is below sea level? We, the Dutch know how to do just that and have done so for centuries. The role of surveyors in this endeavour has been crucial.  And their role is even more crucial today when we have to protect our country against the impact of climate change causing sea level rise. 

Together with the other Dutch partners we believe that we will be able to host the FIG Working Week in 2020 in an excellent way and make your stay in Amsterdam fruitful and unforgettable at the same time.

For more information, click here.

28th June 2020 09:00 -
2nd July 2020 12:00
International Institute of Social Studies , The Hague, The Netherlands

The European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI) and the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) announce the 16th EADI General Conference, to be held in The Hague (Netherlands) from Monday 29 June to Thursday 2 July 2020. The conference will be hosted by the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), one of Europe’s oldest and largest centres for research and education in the field of development studies. It will be combined with the Development Dialogue, the annual European conference of PhD candidates working in development studies.

About the Conference Theme

The central theme of the conference is “Solidarity, Peace and Social Justice”. Together, these three concepts represent our aspirations for approaches to global development that address inequality, poverty and political marginalisation, also in connection with climate change and other environmental threats. Solidarity is essential for any process of social change. Based on mutually shared interests and human values, solidarity can be extremely powerful yet can also be easily undermined in an era of fake news and (electronically) manipulated elections. Peace and social justice are similarly important values in (as well as aspired outcomes of) struggles or transformation processes in which solidarity is key.

How can I participate?

The call for sessions is currently open.

We would like to invite session conveners and conference participants to reflect on any aspect of solidarity, peace, and social justice, such as:

• How can we give new meanings to solidarity in a period of growing distrust between and within nations and amongst people?

• How can we, as development scholars and practitioners, contribute to peace and social justice in our work?

• How can we find new understandings and/or explanations to the concept of ‘development’, without simply adding new adjectives?

Please read more on the different formats and submit your session proposal until 6 September 2019.

The call for papers will be launched in October 2019.

Why The Hague?

Discussing these themes in The Hague is particularly significant given that it profiles itself as the Global City of Peace and Justice. Indeed, The Hague has played a central role in global peace building via the International Court of Justice, the International Criminal Court, and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (which received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2013). We will actively involve these international institutions - as well as many other professional organizations and NGOs in the field of peace and justice - in our debates via key note speakers in plenaries and special visits to these institutions during the conference. As conference organizers we are very proud that The Hague is the host city.

What makes the EADI ISS 2020 conference unique?

EADI and ISS will use a variety of innovative conference formats to enable participants to exchange ideas and engage in active discussions. These include special panels between practitioners and academics as well as a high number of participants from the Global South. By combining the conference with the PhD network of the Development Dialogue we will provide space for early career scholars. Of course, we will follow the EADI principle of ’local, organic, and fair’ in the conference logistics. We look forward to an exciting and inspiring gathering of development researchers and practitioners from all over the world.

2nd July 2020 09:00 -
3rd July 2020 17:00
Leidseweg 90, 3531 BG Utrecht

Land Governance Challenges and Climate Change:

Handling Pressures, Upholding Rights


2-3 July 2020

Muntgebouw Utrecht, The Netherlands

The LANDac Annual International Conference offers a podium for researchers, practitioners and private sector representatives interested in land governance for equitable and sustainable development. The 2020 Conference looks at the challenges that climate change poses for land governance systems, processes and actors, and at relevant lessons that can be drawn from experiences with land governance to date.

In debates about appropriate climate change mitigation and adaptation policies, plans and actions, the implications for land governance are rarely a central focus. This conference will do just that. We welcome contributions which examine how land governance ambitions and arrangements shape and conflict with climate change ambitions; how land related livelihoods and bio-diversity are considered in climate change debates; and how the land governance landscape is responding to climate change challenges. Similarly, we welcome contributions on impacts of land transfers and transformations under the guise of climate related disaster risk reduction; and on how climate change might become a rationale for lowering the ambitions of good land governance. A concern is that lessons learnt about due diligence and the need to protect rights become ‘unlearnt’ under the pressure of climate change and associated challenges of food security and disaster risk reduction.

Read more on the conference here.

6th July 2020 09:00 -
17th July 2020 17:00
Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands

ave the date! LANDac Annual Summer School on Land Governance for Development takes place from the 6th of July - 17th of July. More information will follow soon. In the meantime, have a look at our 2019 Summer School page.

13th July 2020 00:00 -
27th July 2020 00:00

Online Worldwide
July 13 – 27, 2020


Download the call here.

The International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC) organizes a virtual conference from July 13-27, 2020 on African Commons. This conference will be a mixture of prerecorded presentations and live streaming webinar panels. Presentations can be in French or English. The virtual conference aims to bring together researchers, practitioners, and policymakers on the governance of shared resources in Africa. A virtual conference is more inclusive, has lower costs, a smaller carbon footprint and is not impacted by the Covid 19 pandemic, than traditional meetings.

With this virtual conference, we hope to get a broad exposure to the research done in Africa by African scholars and scholars abroad. The discourse during the conference seeks to improve governance and management of shared resources and create solutions for commons, common-pool resources, or any other form of shared resources.

Two keynote speakers are scheduled, namely Dr. François Deckon from the University of Lomé in Togo, and Dr. Barbara van Koppen from the International Water Management Institute in South Africa.

Submissions of abstracts are due June 1, 2020 via this webpage. This webpage also includes more detailed information on how to record your presentations. Presentation videos need to be submitted by July 1, 2020.

Let us know if you have any questions

Koffi Alinon;
Marco Janssen;
Everisto Mapedza;

7th October 2019
14:00 to 17:00

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