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Scaling-up Strategies to Secure Community Land and Resources Rights

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Interlaken Conference

September 19-20, 2013

Interlaken, Switzerland

The first international conference of its kind, the Interlaken Conference brought together a wide diversity of stakeholders – about 180 representatives from 40 countries representing local communities, Indigenous Peoples organizations, governments, private investors, food and resource companies, and development and conservation NGOs. All of these participants have a direct, common, and urgent interest in clarifying and securing the ownership of these lands and resources.

The conference focused on five critical strategies:

  1. coordinating global efforts to map and document community lands;
  2. efforts to legally recognize and advance rights to land;
  3. leveraging private sector interests in securing these rights;
  4. prioritizing the intersection of conservation and community lands; and
  5. establishing these rights as a global priority.

The conference gave rise to several areas of work dedicated to achieving specific goals within the broader objectives of the conference goals. Learn more about these areas of work here.

At the close of the conference, organizers called for a doubling in the amount of land recognized as owned or controlled by Indigenous Peoples and local communities by 2018.

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