CDLS2016 Resources

Below are the resources – speeches,presentations and additional resources – from CDLS 2016. A longer report of CDLS will be available shortly.

Catch up on all the highlights of CDLS 2016 through this Storify

Wednesday 29 June: Opening Session: Global issues, local solutions


  1. Dr. Martin Lees, Member of Gorbachev High Level Task Force on Climate Change and former SG of Club of Rome

  2. H.E. (Eng) Mathew Tuitoek, Deputy Governor, Baringo County, Kenya

Thursday 30 June: Land degradation and migration pressure: current research

Plenary Session:

  1. Dina Ionesco, Head of Migration, Environment and Climate Change, International Organization for Migration

  2. Grammenos Mastrojeni, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

  3. Louise van Schaik,  Coordinator EU in the World/ Senior Research Fellow, The Clingendael Institute (via Skype)

  4. Adam Koniuszewski, Executive Director, Green Cross International

  5. Andrea Staeritz, Land Justice 4 West Africa

CDLS Fellowship Launch presentations:


2.1.           International legal norms governing forcible displacement due to land degradation by Grant Dawson, Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons

2.2.            What next, after North Rift Dialogue on Land and Security? led by Prof. Muhammad Swazuri, Chair, National Land Commission of Kenya

  • Download the report and Vision Statement from North Rift Dialogue on Land and Security in Kenya.

2.3.            Enabling collaboration between pastoralists, farmers and other land users in Nigeria with Andrea Staeritz, independent journalist and Mohammed Bello Tukur, Acting Secretary General of Confederation of Traditional Herders Organization in Africa (CORET) (via Skype).

Friday 1 July: Book launch and Caux Official Opening Session

Book Launch


3.2.            Gender perspectives in land restoration, peace and security with Ednah Kang’ee, Fellow, Institute for Global Engagement. Centre for Women, Faith and Leadership.

3.3.            Agrimonde-Terra foresight- Land use and food security in 2050: scenarios and lessons for land restoration by Marie de Lattre-Gasquet, CIRAD Coordinator of Agrimonde-Terra

Caux Official Opening session

Abo Hawi: restoring land in Ethiopia to mitigate migration

Saturday 2 July: Land restoration and trust building for addressing migration, resilience and peace

Plenary session

  1. Keynote speech by Barbara Bendandi, Policy Officer – Migration, UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)

  2. Patrick Worms, Senior Science Policy Advisor, World Agroforestry Centre

  3. Joseph Simcox, The Botanical Explorer

  4. Dr. Antje Herrberg, Co-founder and CEO of mediatEUr, and Adjunct Professor, International Peace Mediation, College of Europe


4.1.            Invest in Peace by Rishabh Khanna of IofC Sweden, and Stephen Hinton of Water and Food Award

4.2.            Narrative building: unifying stories to inspire action on restoration by Virgin Earth Challenge

  • Download the presentation here.

4.3.            Knowledge development and sharing in land restoration: experiences from Congo and Burkina Faso by Manus Mccaffery, Cambridge University; and Ougalab, Burkina Faso.

  • Download the presentation by Manus Mccaffery here.
  • Download the presentation by Ouagalab here.

5.1.           Land, Conflict, Migration and Mediation: From Process to Practice by Antje Herrberg, Co-founder and CEO of mediatEUr

5.3.            Scaling up land restoration, poverty alleviation and climate change mitigation by World Vision Australia, Earth Systems, BioCarbon Engineering, Permaculture Research Institute

Sunday 3 July: Closing session and next steps

Plenary session

  1. Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary, UNCCD, 2007 – 13; former Minister for the Environment, Benin