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International Dialogue on Land and Security to be held in Baringo County 12th-15th April 2016

Enhancing land and water governance for resilient communities in the dry lands of the North Rift

‘Peace on Earth must go hand in hand with peace with the Earth’, according to Rev Dr Samuel Kobia, Senior Advisor on Conflict Resolution, Peace and Social Cohesion in the Executive Office of the President of Kenya.

Dr Kobia will be addressing an International Dialogue on Land and Security in Baringo County, at Rift Valley Hills Resort in Kabarnet, from 12th – 15th April 2016.

The Dialogue is being convened by Governor of Baringo, H.E Benjamin Cheboi, in partnership with the international network ‘Initiatives for Land, Lives and Peace’, which holds an annual Dialogue of the same title in Switzerland.

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Participants will be focusing on how to improve the governance of land and water for the well-being of all local communities, especially in the dryland counties. Other speakers will include Hon Mohamed Elmi, former Minister of Arid Lands, Professor Mohamed Swazuri, Chair of the National Land Commission and Dr. Dennis Garrity, Drylands Ambassador for the United Nations and Chair of Landcare International experts from UK, USA, Germany, Finland and Sweden will be travelling to Baringo County to join County Officials from the NOREB region and national civil society activists and local community leaders for an innovative Dialogue.

Deputy Governor of Elgeyo Marakwet, H.E Gabriel Lagat, who attended last year’s ‘Dialogue on Land and Security’ in Caux, Switzerland, anticipates that the unique blend of participants at the Dialogue in Baringo will generate fresh solutions to problems of climate change, land degradation, cattle rustling, water management and border conflicts in the region.

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