Source: UNFCCC

The 20th session of the Conference of the Parties and the 10th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol is taking place from 1 to 12 December. COP 20/CMP 10 is being hosted by the Government of Peru, in Lima, Peru. Program, reports, documents available here.

Source: FIDH

Yorm Bopha was arrested on September 4, 2012 and sentenced to three years in prison on December 27, 2012 after being found guilty on bogus charges of assault. Her prosecution was widely perceived as related to her activism. Her conviction was upheld on appeal on June 14, 2013 when the original custodial sentence of three years was reduced to two on the grounds that she did not directly commit violence…

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Source: OHCHR

The deadline to submit applications to the Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Peoples to attend the 29th session of the Human Rights Council, the 22nd session of the Universal Periodic Review Working Group as well as the sessions of treaty bodies taking place in Geneva between April and June 2015 is: 11 January 2015. See attached list of countries to be reviewed and further information on the application process. Application forms are available on the website of the Fund.




The IFAD, the Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation of Nepal, the Poverty Alleviation Fund (PAF), the Nepal Agriculture Co-Operative Central Federation Ltd. (NACCFL) and PROCASUR are honored to launch the Learning Route: “Women´s Empowerment, New Businesses and Sustainable Natural Resource Management in Nepal” from the 06th to the 13th December, 2014.
The Route is hosted by three outstanding Nepalese development initiatives: the Leasehold Forestry and Livestock Programme (LFLP), the PAF, and the NACCFL. The experiences in the districts of Chitwan and Kapilvastu are successfuly generating new opportunities for the rural poor by diversifying their sources of livelihood, recognizing women´s role in network strengthening and enabling pro-rural poor Private-Public Partnerships.

Public and private development institutions and organizations working in favor of rural communities are invited to participate in the Route. Especially those working in the fields of gender balance and women inclusion, livelihood improvement, community natural resource management, rural microfinance, member-based organizations and new businesses development.

Applications are welcome before the 19th of November. Early applications are encouraged for an early confirmation. Contact us for more information.

Name E-mail Phone Language
Mr. Krishna Khanal krishna_gorkha@yahoo.com +977 9818826891
+977 9841468091
Nepali, English
Ms. Giulia Pedone gpedone@procasur.org +39 320 0776080 English, French
Mr. Ariel Halpern ahalpern@procasur.org +66 832083728 English, Spanish

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Source: LANDac

We are pleased to announce the first LANDac International Conference on Land Governance for Equitable and Sustainable Development which will take place on 8-10 July 2015 in Utrecht, the Netherlands. The Conference is organized by the Netherlands Academy on Land Governance (LANDac) and its partners and aims to present state-of-the-art knowledge on how land governance may contribute to equitable and sustainable development, as well as setting the agenda for future research and fostering new collaborations for research, policy and practice.

We are inviting abstract submissions for papers, posters and other forms of contribution on the topics outlined in the call. You are kindly invited to submit your abstract of no more than 300 words to landac.geo@uu.nl by 1 February 2015. Abstracts should be written in English. The organizing committee will decide on the selection of abstracts. Following this process, selected authors are invited to submit their full papers, posters or (preparations of) other contributions by 1 June 2015.

In case of any additional questions, please contact the conference organizers through: g.betsema@uu.nl. We very much look forward to your contributions to make this Conference an inspiring event!

Call for papers LANDac Conference 2015


Source: ILC

New study sheds light on land governance in China’s past, present and future
28 October, Rome, Italy –  As the global context of land governance becomes increasingly complex, and the debate increasingly polarized, open and constructive discourse among key actors is imperative if the ultimate goal is good, sustainable land governance.  It is in this aim that the International Land Coalition has launched the new issue in the Framing the Debate series, in order to bring the debate out into the open, and the actors to the table.

With the help of leading land experts, the Framing the Debate series seeks to clarify some of the key issues, identify areas of consensus and issues of contention for a constructive exchange of ideas. For its fourth publication in the series, focus has shifted towards China, following previous Debates on Africa, Asia and Brasil.

“This paper meets many of the objectives pursued by the Framing the Debate series. It sheds light on the land governance aspects of an increasingly influential but not always well understood global actor, China, ” said Dr. Madiodio Niasse, ILC Director.

The publication was launched yesterday at an International Conference in Beijing, co-organised by the International Land Coalition, Renmin University of China, China Land Survey and Planning Institute (CLSPI) and China Land Science Society (CLSS).

A huge milestone within the China land debate, “this conference makes a timely contribution to the understanding of China’s land issues, and lays a solid foundation for ILC’s cooperation with Chinese government, academic and research institutions,” says Yongjun Zhao, one of the lead-authors and coordinator of the publication and Assistant Professor at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. “It is playing an important role in enhancing the understanding of China’s land issues among Chinese and international land experts, practitioners and policy makers.”

Authored by leading Chinese land experts, this ground-breaking report looks at China’s growing international role in investing in, and supporting the agricultural sector in developing countries. As a fast-growing emerging economy, China’s urbanisation and industrialisation has resulted in growing challenges for land tenure reform, land use, governance and development.  The study suggests that innovative land policies and institutional mechanisms are needed.

According to the study, China currently finds itself at a crossroads, having to face some difficult decisions in designing and implementing the new land reform agenda. As the world’s second largest economy, the road China decides to follow will have implications not only within its borders but within the global context of land governance and food security.

The full publication can be found on the ILC website: http://www.landcoalition.org/publications/land-governance-21st-century-framing-debates-series

Source: Yale Environment 360

The villagers of Setulang in Indonesian Borneo have enlisted a new ally in their fight against the illegal clearing of their forests for oil palm plantations: aerial drones.

Setulang lies within a forest conservation area managed by the indigenous Dayak people, who have fostered a thriving tourism industry based on the rainforest’s rich biodiversity and their own cultural heritage. After successfully ousting an oil palm company operating illegally in their territory, the Dayaks are now hoping the drones can help them protect their land.

Dayaks and Drones,” a video produced by Handcrafted Films, chronicles how the villagers teamed up with an Indonesian nonprofit to learn how to program and operate drones. Equipped with GPS technology, the small drones photograph the forest and monitor the area for illegal activities, especially plantations and mines. The villagers will use information gathered by the drones to create a detailed map of their land, which will help in future conservation efforts.

“The international community must help Indonesia accelerate the recognition and protection of the rights of indigenous peoples,” Abdon Nababan, an Indonesian indigenous rights leader (AMAN), tells the filmmakers. “


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