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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Land grab confab’13: Researchers gather @ London Zoo

The city of London would play host to researchers from around the world for two days to discuss issues over conservation and land grabs.

The conference holding at London Zoo on 26-27 March, would afford land researchers to join the dots between large land deals, conservation, land rights and efforts to tackle poverty in poor communities worldwide.

Also, speakers would present research on both impacts of land grabs on conservation and its reverse, as well as the role of conservation as a driver of land grabs.

Dilys Roe, a senior researcher at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) says, “They will also share studies that show how stronger land rights can improve conservation outcomes.”

The issues, Roe said, are burning because worldwide large land deals are on the increase, and they often take place in areas that are home to both large numbers of poor people and important biodiversity. People and wildlife can lose out when investors acquire land for large scale agriculture.

At the same time, there are growing threats from ‘green grabs’ that displace communities in order to conserve wildlife or gain value from eco-tourism, biofuels or the carbon that forests store in their wood.
The meeting is jointly hosted by IIED, the International Land Coalition, the Zoological Society of London and Maliasili Initiatives; the international symposium of the Poverty and Conservation Learning Group. While speakers will present case studies from Cameroon, Uganda, Chile, Kenya, Mongolia, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Ethiopia, Liberia and Cambodia. 

Remmy Nweke
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