Initiatives of Change has focused on land restoration over several years. In 2011 and 2012, at the request of Luc Gnacadja, then Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, dialogues on these issues took place as part of the Caux Forum for Human Security. This led to a formal request from UNCCD to partner with IofC and move forward on these issues.
ILLP creates synergies between local and global solutions. Its experience and expertise on the ground, for example in Chad, Kenya and India, builds on the existing capacity of local IofC bodies to address the confluence of environmental degradation and conflict. It links this experience with global thought leadership, particularly through the annual Caux Dialogue on Environment and Security (CDES) (formerly the Caux Dialogue on Land and Security, CDLS), in collaboration with IofC Switzerland. The Summer Academy on Climate, Land and Security was started in 2019 in collaboration with the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, and is aimed at environment and security professionals. These Dialogues bring together NGO representatives, diplomats, practitioners, “hard” security agencies, business leaders, academics and funders, to study what methodologies work best in land restoration and why.