Frontiers: Standing with Environmental Defenders Under Threat

Online

How can the global community do a better job of standing with environmental defenders and protect them against threats? On January 19th, 2023, USAID hosted an online panel to discuss the threats facing environmental defenders as they fight against negative climate impacts and biodiversity loss, as well as potential solutions to help mitigate these multiple challenges. A recording of the event is available here.

Environmental defenders—people who take “peaceful action against the unjust, discriminatory, corrupt, or damaging exploitation of natural resources or the environment”—are increasingly under threat. Between 2002 and 2022, Global Witness counted more than 2,100 killings of land and environmental defenders, and the actual number of murders is likely much higher. Attacks disproportionately target women, Indigenous Peoples, and marginalized communities, and are especially prevalent in Latin American countries such as Colombia, Mexico, Honduras, and Brazil, though there are also many examples from Asia and Africa.

How can the global community do a better job of standing with environmental defenders and protect them against threats? Participants discussed the threats facing environmental defenders as they fight against negative climate impacts and biodiversity loss, as well as potential solutions to help mitigate these multiple challenges.

This event kicked-off the year-long “Frontiers” event series, which explores the interface of conflict, climate change, and governance of land and natural resources. The “Frontiers” series is hosted by USAID’s Center for Conflict and Violence Prevention and USAID’s Land and Resource Governance Division and is made possible by USAID’s Integrated Natural Resources Management Project in partnership with New America.

SPEAKERS

Opening remarks:

  • Bama Athreya, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Development, Democracy, and Innovation, USAID

Panel discussion:

  • Jeff Stark, Integrated Natural Resource Management activity & author, USAID “Environmental Defenders” Issue Brief
  • Laura Pavlovic, Acting Director, DDI/Democracy, Rights, and Governance Center, USAID
  • Kirk Herbertson, Senior Policy Advisor, EarthRights International
  • Martin Castro, Project Coordinator, Office of Democracy, Human Rights and Governance, USAID/Peru
  • Yuliya Panfil, Director, Future of Land and Housing Program at New America (Moderator)

Frontiers: The Future of Land Evaluations – Policy Track

Event | Online

Impact evaluations are critical for understanding whether program and policy interventions are working, why, and for whom. In recent years, the land sector has made significant progress in using impact evaluations to build the evidence base for land tenure programs and improve policy and program effectiveness.

Please join us for a virtual convening, hosted by the Global Donor Working Group on Land, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, USAID, the World Bank, and New America, to discuss the policy and programming implications from the last decade of land impact evaluations.

We will bring together researchers and evaluators, policymakers, practitioners, and donors to discuss the implications of these impact evaluations on land tenure programs and policies, and identify open questions and data gaps that, if answered, could improve our understanding of what works, why, and for whom.

For more information or to register, see here.

This event is supported by the USAID Integrated Natural Resource Management project.

Dec. 1 Agenda:

Welcome Back & Overview (9:00-9:05)

Karol Boudreaux

“Spotlight” Presentation: Ethiopia (9:05-9:30)

Caleb Stevens, USAID
Krista Jacobs, Landesa
Other Presenter(s) To Be Announced

“Spotlight” Presentation: Morocco (9:30-9:55)

Anthony Harris, Mathematica
Matt Sloan, Mathematica
Shauna Clarke, Millennium Challenge Corporation

Breakout Group Discussions: The IE-Policy “Feedback Loop” (9:55-10:25)

Close & Thank You (10:25-10:30)

Karol Boudreaux

 

Frontiers: The Future of Land Evaluations – Policy Track

Event | Online

Impact evaluations are critical for understanding whether program and policy interventions are working, why, and for whom. In recent years, the land sector has made significant progress in using impact evaluations to build the evidence base for land tenure programs and improve policy and program effectiveness.

Please join us for a virtual convening, hosted by the Global Donor Working Group on Land, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, USAID, the World Bank, and New America, to discuss the policy and programming implications from the last decade of land impact evaluations.

We will bring together researchers and evaluators, policymakers, practitioners, and donors to discuss the implications of these impact evaluations on land tenure programs and policies, and identify open questions and data gaps that, if answered, could improve our understanding of what works, why, and for whom.

For more information or to register, see here.

This event is supported by the USAID Integrated Natural Resource Management project.

 

Nov. 30 Agenda:

Welcome & Overview (9:00-9:10)

Karol Boudreaux, USAID
Jill Pike, Millennium Challenge Corporation
Thea Hilhorst, World Bank

Reviewing the Evidence on Land: An Overview of Impacts and Lessons Learned (9:10-9:35)

Jennifer Lisher, World Bank
Heather Huntington, University of Pennsylvania

Panel Discussion: Lessons from a Decade of IEs, and What Comes Next? (9:35-10:05)

Caleb Stevens, USAID
Andreas Lange, GiZ
Chris Penrose Buckley, FCDO (Moderator)
Other Panelist(s) To Be Announced

Breakout Group Discussions: Implications of IE findings and Knowledge Gaps (10:05-10:25)

Wrap-Up (10:25-10:30)

Karol Boudreaux

Opportunity and Risk: Mining and the Green Energy Transition

Online

The Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program held a discussion on how the projected increase in mineral demand could influence markets, supply chains, and geopolitical competition, shaping the future of global peace and security.

Wednesday June 1, 2022

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM ET


For more details, visit the Wilson Center event page.

The latest IPCC report underscored the urgency of an aggressive energy transformation if the world is to stave off climate disaster. With current technologies, that transformation means a steep rise in the use of critical minerals, already essential for the digital age global economy. The shift from fossil fuels to other minerals comes with environmental, social, and governance tradeoffs. For developing countries, in particular, there is both opportunity and risk, according to a recent report from the U.S. Agency for International Development. Join the Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program for a discussion of how the projected increase in mineral demand could influence markets, supply chains, and geopolitical competition, shaping the future of global peace and security.

Follow the conversation on Twitter @NewSecurityBeat.

Agenda

Introduction: Lauren Herzer Risi, Program Director, Environmental Change and Security Program, Wilson Center

Keynote Speakers:

  • Kathy Castor (D-FL 14th District), Chair, Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Gillian Caldwell, Chief Climate Officer and Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Center for Environment, Energy, and Infrastructure, U.S. Agency for International Development

Moderator: Sharon Burke, Global Fellow, Environmental Change and Security Program; Founder and President, Ecospherics

Panelists:

  • Jewellord (Jojo) Nem Sing, Assistant Professor in International Development, International Institute of Social Studies
  • Alyssa Newman, Program Manager, Responsible Materials & Inclusive Sourcing, Google
  • Josee-Blandine Ongotto, Project Manager, Combatting Child Labor in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Cobalt Industry (COTECCO, funded by DOL Kolwezi, DRC), International Labor Organization ​
  • Kimberly Thompson, Senior Advisor, Natural Resource Governance & Conflict and Industry Lead for Mining, Center for Environment, Energy, and Infrastructure, U.S. Agency for International Development

Frontiers: The Voluntary Guidelines on Tenure, Ten Years Later

Online

Virtual Event

Tuesday, June 7, 2022 | 9:00AM – 10:00AM EDT

Watch the event recording here

Ten years ago, donors from around the world came together to negotiate a first-of-its-kind international agreement to strengthen and secure land rights in the context of food security. This agreement—the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests (VGGT)—was negotiated in a unique, inclusive process by the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) that included more than 100 UN member states, 30 civil society organizations, a private sector network, and numerous observers. After two years of intense negotiations, the VGGT was unanimously adopted in 2012.

The arrival of the VGGT was hailed as a watershed moment for the land rights community, and prompted a flurry of activity and funding. Donors allocated billions of dollars to implement the principles enshrined in the VGGTs, across dozens of countries.

Ten years later, we can look back and ask: what have we accomplished; what have we learned; and, where do we go from here?

Please join the U.S. Agency for International Development and New America on June 7 at 9 a.m. Eastern for a panel discussion to take stock of a decade of implementing the VGGT, and discuss the future of this landmark agreement. This event is supported by the USAID Integrated Natural Resource Management project.

Women, Deeds, and Dirt: Confront the Climate Crisis, Uproot Gender Inequality (Recorded)

Online

This event on March 22, 2022 examined the intersection of women’s land rights, sustainable land use, and the climate crisis by: highlighting the connection between gender-sensitive land rights reforms and climate change mitigation and adaptation, and discussing sustainable land use strategies related to women’s skills and knowledge, such as in water and agriculture.

Listen to the podcast to hear from Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry, USAID Chief Climate Officer Gillian Caldwell and others on their efforts related to this nexus. This side event to the 66th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) was convened by U.S. Department of State, USAID, and Landesa, a U.S. Department of State and USAID foreign assistance implementer.

The podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Anchor.

Frontiers: Women Leading Solutions to Climate Change

Online

Virtual Event

Monday March 21, 2022 | 9:00AM – 10:30AM EDT

Watch the event recording here.

Climate change poses incredible challenges for women and girls in the developing world and threatens global progress on gender equality.

We know that the growing scarcity of natural resources and the increase in extreme weather events due to climate change disproportionately impacts women and girls, especially those in marginalized and underrepresented groups. Climate change limits their opportunities for education and income-generating activities, harms their overall health and wellbeing, and increases their risk of violence and exploitation.

At the same time, women around the world are leading the efforts within their households and communities to prepare for and adapt to climate shocks and stresses. And women leaders are stepping up to design solutions that mitigate climate change at the local, national, and international levels. Studies show that when women are engaged as decision-makers in resilience and disaster plans, their communities are better able to adapt and manage climate impacts.

To celebrate and recognize the sixty-sixth session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), please join the U.S. Agency for International Development and New America on March 21st at 9 a.m. Eastern for a virtual fireside chat between New America and USAID leadership, followed by a panel discussion that explores the many ways women are leading solutions to critical land and natural resource management and climate change challenges. This event is supported by the USAID Integrated Natural Resource Management project.

Agenda:

Fireside Chat: Women Leading on Climate Change

  • Anne-Marie Slaughter, CEO, New America
  • Gillian Caldwell, Chief Climate Officer, USAID
  • Jamille Bigio, Senior Coordinator for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, USAID

Panel Discussion: Approaches from Around the World

  • Solange Bandiaky-Badji, Coordinator, Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) and President, the Rights and Resources Group (RRG)
  • Rili Djohani, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Coral Triangle Center (CTC)
  • Tracy Farrell, Director, North American Region, International Union for Conservation of Nature
  • Moderator: Karol Boudreaux, Senior Land and Resource Governance Advisor, USAID

 

Artisanal Small-scale Gold Mining (ASGM) Sector Expansion in Latin America: Drivers, Impacts, Solutions

Online

Hosted by the LAC Environment Combating Conservation Crime Learning Group, this event spotlighted ASGM in Peru and approaches to address its drivers and impacts, from improving governance to environmental remediation.

Presentations by: 

  • Ana Cristina Villegas, Biodiversity and Forest Advisor, USAID LAC Bureau
  • Beatriz Torres, Regional Amazon Environment Specialist, USAID/Peru
  • Luis Fernandez, Executive Director, Wake Forest University’s Center for Amazonian Scientific Innovation (CINCIA)



 

USAID Integrated Land and Resource Governance (ILRG) Annual Research Symposium

Event | Online

Register for the event

Overview

The USAID Integrated Land and Resource Governance (ILRG) Annual Research Symposium will showcase academic research and field experience in Zambia related to land tenure and natural resource management over the course of four weeks (Wednesdays and Thursdays from 13:00 – 15:00 CAT). The presentations with Q & A will be entirely virtual through the Zoom platform (assistance with Internet connection is available.)

Registration

Registration for the symposium is now open. Registration is not required to view the symposium but is requested in order to participate in the discussion.

Agenda

Each week 4-5 presentations + discussion will focus on the following thematic issues:

    • 6 October: Opening and Government Context on Land and Resource Policy in Zambia
    • 7-8 October: State and Customary Land Governance
    • 14-15 October: Land Documentation and Administration
    • 21-22 October: Natural Resource Management
    • 28-29 October: Integrated Development Planning

Participation

The opening session is Tuesday, October 6 at 13:00 CAT (7:00 ET). You can join this session and all subsequent symposium sessions by clicking the link below:

Click Here to Join the Event

 




 

Webinar: Community Based Natural Resource Management in Zambia: Critical Issues and New Opportunities

Event | Online

Zambia is rich in natural resources, with vast forests, wetlands, and diverse wildlife populations. Community-based natural resource management (CBNRM) is central to conservation and rural development in Zambia, in seeking to generate incentives and greater economic value for local communities from forests and wildlife. Important changes have taken place in Zambia in recent years, including the passage of the 2015 Forests Act, which provides new mechanisms for community forest management and is spurring establishment of community forests in different parts of the country. Policy reforms and field-level experiments are also creating potential opportunities in wildlife management and conservation approaches.

This webinar will provide an opportunity to learn about policy and legal reforms, and innovative efforts in the field, to advance CBNRM in Zambia. It will share findings from a new review produced by Maliasili and the USAID-funded Integrated Land and Resource Governance (ILRG) program, in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy Africa Program. Speakers will include representatives from key government agencies and civil society organizations working on CBNRM in Zambia, including those implementing CBNRM in the field and working on policy reforms.

Speakers: 




Forestry Department
Patricia Mupeta-Muyamwa
The Nature Conservancy Africa Program

Jassiel Msoka
USAID

Rodgers Lubilo
Frankfurt Zoological Society

Hassan Sachedina
BioCarbon Partners (TBC)

Bupe Banda
Zambia National Community Resources
Boards Association

Fred Nelson
Maliasili

Ian Robinson
Wildlife Producers Association of Zambia