25-26 November 2015, prior to the CoCooN Conference ‘Sense and sensitivity’, a CoCooN project meeting will take place. This project meeting offers a critical learning space to Explore, Exchange and Experiment with civic strategies to mitigate natural resource conflicts. The LAR team contributes to two workshops. More information.
August 2015. Given the pressing need to strongly defend the right to land as a human right, a “Monitoring Tool based on the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests” has been introduced. In response to the recent wave of land grabbing and plundering, the concentration of land and water in the hands of a few powerful entities, as well as the growing privatization and commoditization of nature, this monitoring tool was officially launched in August 2015 in Panama City. FIAN International hopes this publication will serve to strengthen resistance movements, and reinforce and broaden the scope of national and international legal frameworks that recognize, respect, protect and guarantee the rights to land and other natural resources of marginalized social groups.
May 2015. FIAN Colombia and the Peasant Community Council of Palenque Monteoscuro/Colombia published the tool: “Governance of land, fisheries and forests in our territories. A tool for rural communities to understand the governance of tenure of land, fisheries and forests in their territories and to influence it.” Link to the Document.
Tuesday 28 April the dialogue “Prior consultation: a disputed right. The case of El Hormiguero in the municipality of Santiago de Cali” takes place in the context of the interdisciplinary seminar on sustainability of the Universidad del Valle. The dialogue includes the launch of the video “Hormiguero Afro: La lucha por el Derecho a la Participación y al Territorio” directed by Sjoerd van Grootheest. Program.
On 31st of October 2014, FIAN Colombia together with the civil society organisations CELS, Campaña Guatemala sin Hambre and CLOC contributed to the public hearing on “The Right to Food and Seed Regulation in Latin America” before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Washington. Video of the session. Document.
On October 1, the 3rd Intersectoral dialogue in managing environmental conflicts in the Upper Cauca takes place in the municipality of Suárez. The topic will be: Mining in La Toma today and compliance with decision T 1045-A
2010 focussing on the process of prior consultation on mining ordered by the Court, formalisation of small scale artisanal mining and the protection of the territory against the illegal entry of backhoes and mechanised mining. Announcement.
On 4 September 2014, the 2nd Intersectoral dialogue on managing environmental conflicts in the Upper Cauca takes place in Cali/Colombia. The focus of this dialogue is: Afro-descendant communities and mining concessions. The case of prior consultation in La Toma, Cauca. We seek to bring together communities, institutional and business actors to analyse conflicts over access to gold and territorial control in La Toma. Moreover, the dialogue seeks to follow up the state decisions on prior consultation, as well as the commitments of national, regional and local governments for controlling the illegal entry of backhoes in Afro-descendant territories of the Upper Cauca. Program. Announcement (Spanish).
From 19 to 22 June 2014 a special session of the Inter-ethnic School on Sustainability took place in Guachené, Cauca Valley in Colombia. The school trained about 40 youngsters to analyse and reflect on socio-environmental conflicts and the impacts of extractivism from a political ecology perspective. Furthermore, the successful inter-ethnic dialogue between these young afro-descendant, indigenous and peasant people is contributing to the stabilization and peace in the region. Photo-report (Spanish).
July, 10th 2014. The Centre for Social Studies-CES- of the Universidad Nacional de Colombia and the Department for Environmental Management-AGA- of the Universidad del Valle organize a one-day conference for intersectoral dialogue regarding: “Urban spatial planning and territoriality of Afro-Colombians. The case of El Hormiguero in the municipality of Santiago de Cali”. This is the first of a series of three conferences that will be held this year, and that bring together government, academia, local communities and trade unions. The sessions will address latent conflicts in Afro-Colombian territories of the upper basin of the Cauca River. Announcement. Program.
International Seminar on Agrarian Transformations, Land and Development in the BRICS countries in Brasilia
On May 5 and 6, 2014 the International Seminar on Agrarian Transformations, Land and Development in the BRICS countries took place in the Universidade de Brasilia (UNB), Brazil. In the panel sessions about 180 participants discussed different aspects, processes and consequences of agrarian transformations, e.g. food, land, labor and related state policies. Program. Report. Publications.
January 2014, researchers of the LAR team (University of Brasília –UnB and CPT), conducted community workshops in Munduruku/Planalto with small-scale agricultural communities in order to present the initial results of their research on the presence of pesticide residues (glyphosate) in water streams of the soy frontier near Santarém (Brazilian Amazon). It was a valuable opportunity to translate into a simple language the very first data obtained, and most importantly, to listen to the villagers and learn about their main concerns and wishes for the next phases of the investigation. Villagers were open to take part in a human exposure assessment study, which would contribute to a better understanding of possible health implications of pesticide use in this region.
In March and April 2014 LAR organizes the Hungry for Justice Film & Debate Series in Utrecht. The program features some fine thought-provoking documentaries on the world food system, conflict over natural resources and alternatives. Filmmakers and experts will be present at every screening to discuss the films with the public. All the sessions will take place on Thursday evenings, 20 and 27 March, 3 and 10 April 2014 at Utrecht University. Program. Flyer.
Two strategic meetings took place in Munduruku Planalto on 21st of December 2013 and on 18tf of January 2014 with CPT, local leaders and caciques on how to push forward the demarcation of their indigenous territory and to denounce territorial crimes before the Federal Public Ministry. Report (Portuguese).