Today, nearly a third of the world's population does not have secure rights to the lands and forests they customarily claim. Secure indigenous and community land rights are often a pre-requisite for reducing deforestation and mitigating climate change; for enabling women's economic and social empowerment, and for building peaceful and democratic societies.
Demand for land and other natural resources in developing countries has increased in recent years, placing pressure on these resources, and fueling conflict over them. Rising violence linked to conflicting claims can be deadly for rural environmental defenders, and costly for investors and others whose reputations and financial health are placed at risk by such conflicts.
Losing property rights mean losing many other rights as citizens, including the means to clothe and feed your families. Insecure indigenous and community land rights thus undermine progress to reach the Global Goals for sustainable development.
This Development Talks will focus on how climate change, conflict and weak gender rights drive inequality, and how securing land and forest rights can be a solution. It will bring together an unusual mix of speakers from different countries and sectors to discuss both trends and practical solutions.
It will also present the International Land and Forest Tenure Facility, a unique new Stockholm-based institution whose positive impact is already being felt by communities inhabiting some of the world's most biodiverse and resource-rich landscapes.
The Development Talks will be followed in the afternoon by an in-depth, hands-on session: Securing Community Land and Resource Rights in Practice.
While the morning seminar will discuss why clear and secure land rights are important, this session will look at implementation, further exploring how to secure rights.
Recent experience from the International Land and Forest Tenure Facility pilot projects will be presented and provide a basis for the discussion. Participants are expected to come with some background knowledge/deep interest in community land rights.
The event is now full and registration has been closed.
Morning and afternoon sessions will be live streamed on this page.
09:00 Registration and coffee
09:30 Welcome and introduction
Moderator: Johan Kuylenstierna, SEI
9:35 Opening remarks
Carin Jämtin, Director General, Sida
09:45 Key note speeches: Why secure land rights are important and the importance to involve different actors.
Ulrika Modéer, State Secretary to the Minister for International Development Cooperation, Sweden
Darren Walker, CEO, Ford Foundation
10:05 The effects on development : Why land and natural resource tenure affect so many aspects of development.
Andy White, Coordinator, Rights and Resources Initiative
10:10 Why secure tenure matters – Five perspectives
Climate change: Paula Caballero, WRI
Conflict: Oumar Sylla, Land and Global Land Tool Network, UN Habitat
Women's land rights: Myrna Cunningham, CADPI
Indigenous Peoples land rights: Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Sustainable Economic Development: Mark Constantine, IFC
11:00 Coffee break
11:15 Panel debate: How to put this into practise?
Eleni Kyrou, Senior Social Development Specialist, European Investment Bank
Daouda Diarra, Ministry of Agriculture of Mali
Nonette Royo, Director, Samdhana Institute
Mikhail Tarasov, Global Forestry Manager, IKEA
Rukka Sombolinggi, SG of AMAN, the Indigenous Peoples Alliance of the Archipelago Indonesia
Moderator: Johan Kuylenstierna
12:00 End of Development Talks
Securing Community Land and Resource Rights in Practice
12:00-13:00 Mingle and wrap lunch - for participants of the afternoon session only
13:00-13:10 Opening of session and introduction
Cecilia Sharp, Head of Department for International Organisations and Policy Support, Sida (to be confirmed)
Session Moderator: Lasse Krantz, independent expert and researcher
13:10-13:20 The International Land and Forest Tenure Facilityopening in Stockholm – words of welcome
Elisabeth Backteman, State Secretary and Deputy Minister to the Minister for Rural Affairs, Sweden
13:20-13:35 The International Land and Forest Tenure Facility - a new institution with high aspirations
Janis Alcorn, Interim Director of the Tenure Facility
13:35-14:25 Recent experience from Tenure Facility Pilot projects in Indonesia, Mali and Peru.
Silvana Baldovino, Peruvian Society for Environmental Law (SPDA)
Boubacar Diarra, Helvetas, Mali
Rukka Sombolinggi, The Indigenous Peoples' Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN), Indonesia
14:25-14:40 Short, interactive session with audience
14:40-14:55 Coffee and mingle.
14.55-15:55 Securing Community Land Rights
Expert panel: Presenters from the Tenure Facility and its pilot projects in Peru, Mali and Indonesia; Anne Larson, CIFOR; Oumar Sylla, Global Land Tool Network; and Jeff Campbell, FAO-Forest & Farm Facility
15:55-16:10 Concluding remarks
Maria Berlekom, lead policy specialist on Environment and Climate, Sida
16:10-17:30 Mingle with drinks and space for spontaneous discussion.