Initiatives for Land, Lives and Peace

Restaurando las tierras degradadas; restaurando la paz.

Initiatives for Land, Lives and Peace

Restoring land, Transforming lives

Initiatives for Land, Lives and Peace

14 July, 2013

On the morning of Thursday 11 July, the Caux dialogue on land and security conference came to an end, after five days of stimulating discussions and workshops on ways to improve the urgent environmental issues facing our planet, among which the crucially important one which is desertification, and particularly in the Sahel region of Africa. Martin Frick, Ambassador and German representative to the UN and international organizations closed the session by encouraging people to engage in local action, in the prospect of the future dialogues.

09 July, 2013

The Caux Dialogue on Land and Security has just started, and crucial issues have already been addressed in the first plenary session, held on 7 July. Luc Gnacadja, Martin Frick, Rattan Lal, Ian Johnson and Bianca Jagger have explained the importance of this conference among the 2013 Caux Initiatives for Human Security.

17 June, 2013

On the World Day to Combat Desertification – 17 June 2013 - Marian Fernando writes about the trust factor in the complex issues around land degradation and the way that Initiatives of Change seeks to address these issues through its Initiative for Land Lives and Peace.

Pokot women harvesting grass seed
13 June, 2013

'Without peace we cannot have development in this county'. Alan Channer reports on IofC's Initiative for Land, Lives and Peace at work in Kenya's Baringo County where cattle rustling is symptomatic of a complex web of inter-related problems.

(left to right) Martin Frick, Luc Gnacadja, Rainer Gude
08 April, 2013

Both peace and prosperity are rooted in the Earth's soils, Luc Gnacadja, the Executive Director of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) told a meeting of people from NGOs and civil society in Geneva on March 12th. And both are endangered when the soil is degraded.

22 July, 2012

'Land is a matter of life and death,’ said Don de Silva, CEO of Changeways International, UK, speaking at the TIGE conference in Caux, Switzerland, on 19 July. He was introducing IofC initiatives on degraded lands and their repercussions on socio-economic conditions of adjoining areas.

Luc Gnacadja of UNCCD, Elizabeth Thompson, Executive Coordinator of Rio+20, Kevin Rudd, former Prime Minister of Australia, and Omnia Marzouk, President of Initiatives of Change International, addressed the goal of a "land degradation neutral world" in the morning session of the Forum, calling for urgent action on this fro
10 July, 2012

The 5th Caux Forum for Human Security at the Initiatives of Change centre in Caux, Switzerland, started on 9 July with a special one-day event on Restoring Land, Restoring Lives. The event was co-organized by the Secretariat of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification and the Restoring Earth’s Degraded Land initiative of Initiative of Change International.

Luc Gnacadja 140x
01 July, 2012

Despite some pessimistic evaluations of the Rio+20 summit, some progress was made - particularly on the issue of land degradation. Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification, offers his evaluation of Rio+ 20. On 9 July he will lead a special day on Restoring Land, Restoring Lives at the Initiatives of Change international conference centre in Caux, Switzerland.

The Area Chief of Marigat, Zaphania Lekachuma, attended several sessions of the workshop
01 May, 2012

Kenya’s Baringo County is home to several pastoral communities whose livelihood depends on cattle. These communities are also known in Kenya for cattle-rustling. The scramble for pasture and water often leaves people counting their losses. In many instances, death and injuries are reported, on top of the animals stolen. Thirty-five leaders, representing all the main groups, gathered in Marigat town, near Lake Baringo, from 20-22 April, for a workshop entitled ‘Trust-building for sustainable development.

23 December, 2011

During the Durban Climate Summit, a team from Initiatives of Change (IofC) were present as official observers and as part of the wider civil society engagement with the inter-governmental negotiations. Their particular brief was the impact of climate change on conflict and human security. On 8 December they organized a side event in partnership with the EU-funded Climate Change, Hydro-Conflicts and Human Security (CLICO) project, attended by about 40 people. Firyal Mohamed reports.