Caux Dialogue on Land & Security 2016

The 4th Annual


Caux, Switzerland.

29th June – 3rd July, 2016

 Realising the Potential of Land Restoration to Mitigate Migration

Initiatives for Land, Lives, and Peace (ILLP) is delighted to inform you of the upcoming Caux Dialogue on Land and Security (CDLS 2016), due to take place between 29th June and 3rd July at Caux, Switzerland. CDLS 2016 will focus on the interaction between land degradation and migration, and the opportunities that land restoration offers in reducing the pressures for migration. A detailed programme is available here.

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“The Sahara desert and the Mediterranean sea are becoming the cemetery of the hope of many African youth. Migration is another reason why Europe should care about climate change and desertification threatening people’s livelihoods.” 

Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary, UNCCD, 2007 – 13; former Minister for the Environment, Benin at CDLS 2015 

Land degradation affects nearly 25% of the world’s productive lands and 10-20% of dry lands (Economics of Land Degradation, 2015). The resulting loss of ecosystem services and impact on agriculture and other land-based livelihoods is often linked with migration and conflict across the world.

2015 marked the year of the highest migration flow since World War II. More than 1 million irregular migrants and refugees arrived on Europe’s shores alone, according to the International Organisation for Migration, in addition to the millions displaced within their nations.


“Climate change causes deterioration of land use, while degrading land aggravates climate change. Stress multipliers lead to the creation of ungovernable spaces. We need the narrative to turn into something constructive. We need a united common ground. Land degradation and climate change must be addressed together and by different actors. To make progress, we need each other.”

Monique Barbut, Executive Secretary, UNCCD at CDLS 2014


Hosted in partnership with UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and CAUX-Initiatives of Change International, CDLS 2016 will unpack the complexity inherent in land degradation, migration and conflict, and address the integral need for trust-building between individuals, communities, and governments to solve these issues.


Applying our solutions-focused approach, CDLS 2016 will seek to explore the potential of land restoration and sustainable land management in addressing one of the root causes of large scale migration – environmental degradation and loss of livelihoods. Simultaneously, CDLS 2016 will discuss solutions which build trust hence allowing individuals and communities to tackle land degradation and climate change, both at origin and destination.

For there is hope: around the world, pioneers are developing solutions based on trust-building and agro-ecological insights to reduce the drivers of migration. And where immigration has already taken place, land restoration offers a non-political avenue for bringing together diverse communities to strengthen relationships for peace and develop suitable governance mechanisms for their shared environment.

“To ensure human security for people on the ground, land restoration is central for peace and stability. Particularly as climate change exacerbates existing vulnerabilities, land management is the crucial issue if we are to stop the vicious circle of migration, organized crime, terrorism, and the drug trade.”

Jamie Shea, Deputy Assistant Secretary General for new security challenges, NATO at CDLS 2014

Through a host of thought-provoking panels and interactive workshops, which engage policy-makers, activists, scientists and practitioners alike, CDLS 2016 seeks to create a shared vision for sustainable peace in the world’s degraded ecosystems, and to build the trust needed for effective collaboration on the ground and in ‘land-peace partnerships’. [Please contact us if you would like to discuss hosting a workshop.]

CDLS 2016 will welcome speakers from UNCCD, The Club of RomeInternational Organisation for Migration, Green Cross International and Virgin Earth Challenge, as well as practitioners from Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Kenya, Tunisia and Australia. Previous speakers have included Jamie Shea from NATO, Ian Johnson from Club of Rome, Dr Ratan Lal – Professor of Soil Science and Director of the Carbon Management and Sequestration Centre at Ohio State University, Juan Gonzalez-Valero of Syngenta, Bianca Jagger from Human Rights Foundation, and Allan Savory from the Savory Institute.

Come and hear from these pioneers in the exceptional setting of a turn-of-the-century Swiss palace hotel. Explore how innovative governance and sustainable land management can bring a durable peace. Join us in shaping the future!