Policymakers Roundtable on Land and Security 2017

Download the roundtable communique here

It is increasingly recognised that the health of the world’s soils is central to global efforts to overcome a wide range of pressing issues, from hunger to insecurity to poverty to climate change. We know that restoring degraded land has great potential to increase food production, increase incomes, sequester carbon and lessen conflict – four fifths of which now take place in the world’s drylands.

While there are many important and successful grass-roots restoration initiatives, time is running out to scale these up and to ensure that farmers receive a fair share of the benefits generated downstream by their restoration efforts.

We must also urgently find a way to apply the scientific consensus as it stands today into global policy and large scale investment.

The policymakers roundtable took place on the sidelines of the Caux Dialogue on Land and Security 2017.

This roundtable discussion provided a unique opportunity for 17 of the world’s leading thinkers and representatives on this issue to gather together informally and exchange on ways we can together accelerate global action on soil conservation and restoration.

Following 2.5 days of intense discussions, the group produced a Communique entitled: Land for the Sake of Peace and Security. Read the communique here.

Policymakers Roundtable participants:

Luc Gnacadja, Special Representative of the LoCAL Programme Board and Convenor of Policymakers Roundtable

Hon. Issa Mardo Djabir, Member of the National Assembly, Chad

Chris Elliot, Executive Director, Climate and Land Use Alliance

Sophia Faruqi, Manager, New Restoration Economy, World Resources Institute

Willem Ferweda, CEO, Commonland Group

Lauren Fletcher, CEO, Biocarbon Engineering

Martin Frick, Chair, Initiatives for Land, Lives and Peace

David Jackson, Director, Local Development Finance, UN Capital Development Fund

Geoffrey Lean, Consultant, Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development

Julia Marton-Lefèvre, DG, International Union for the Conservation of Nature, 2007 – 2015

Simeon Max, Forestry Project Officer, Fairventures Worldwide GmbH

Pradeep Monga, Deputy Executive Secretary, UN Convention to Combat Desertification

Hon. Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri, Minister for the Environment, Zimbabwe

Mark Smith, Director, Global Water Programme, International Union for the Conservation of Nature

Muhammad Swazuri, Chair, Kenya National Land Commission

Youssif El Tayeb, Executive Director, Darfur Development and Reconstruction Agency

Achim Wennmann, Executive Coordinator, Geneva Peace Building Platform