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Opening of regional discussion phase, send us your input!

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Send us your input in preparation for the global assembly!


Opening of regional discussion phase

 
Over the next four months, we will be holding regional discussions.   Information collected during these regional discussions will form the basis for regional diagnostic reports and help us to identify key discussion topics and appropriate courses of action before the global assembly begins!
 

Dear WFAL call signatories,  

we have set a date for the global assembly: discussions will take place between March 31st and April 2nd, 2016, on the campus of the Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain.

The regional discussion phase of the WFAL has officially begun
. The goal of this phase is to collect information about evolutions in land and natural resources access over the last 10 years from everyone who is interested in contributing: about the causes and consequences of these evolutions, the ways in which they have been addressed, and the ways in which they should be addressed. The International Organizing Committee has suggested focusing discussions on six major themes (see below, in the working programme).   Organizations and individuals may make contributions related to these themes, or to other related topics that they deem important. We will be adapting them based on contributions that we receive throughout the month of September.

We invite you to send us documents that reflect your point of view, or that of your organization:  Reports, analyses, case-studies, manifestos, proposals, testimonials, etc. Your contributions may be sent in written, audio, or video form (to secretariat@landaccessforum.org). You are welcome to send documents or other media that were produced for previous occasions, or to draft documents specifically for this occasion.    They must be in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, or Arabic.  We are also trying to recruit volunteers so that we can accommodate documents in Chinese and Russian. 
 
Your contributions will allow us to put together “diagnostic reports” for each major region (Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe, and North America*). The reports will provide an overview of different points of view from each continent, as well as factual information about land and natural resource access and use in different areas (which will be supported by the case-studies that you send to us). We will also be producing a global summary report based on the regional diagnostic report.

The regional diagnostic reports, and the global summary, will be issued before March 31st. Participants will therefore have general information about discussion topics, and about overlapping regional issues, going into the global assembly. This will make it easier to begin lively discussions, and start crafting specific proposals, right away. Your contributions are an essential part of this process!

We are currently in the process of organizing small regional committees. They will be in charge of supervising the writing of diagnostic reports and encouraging as many organizations as possible to participate, by sending contributions and helping organize, summarize, and translate regional contributions that we receive. Regional coordinating committees should reflect the diversity of WFAL signatories. We will list the names of their members on the website http://landaccessforum.org.
 
We eagerly away your contributions!
 
Sincerely,
 

*The WFAL call has not yet been signed by any individuals or organizations focused on land and natural resource access and use in Oceania. If we receive any contributions from this area of the world, it goes without saying that it will be added to our list of regions.
 

Working programme

The WFAL International Organizing Committee has proposed six main focus themes.  
 
You may send contributions that are related to these themes, or to other themes that you would like to address,* over the next four months (until December 20th, 2015). Written, audio, or video documents can be sent to:
secretariat@landaccessforum.org
 
They will be uploaded onto the website
landaccessforum.org, so that all participants can consult them.  
 
You may send us questions or concerns about the agenda until September 20th, 2015 (at
secretariat@landacessforum.org).

 
*The topics covered by the regional exchanges, and the global assembly, will be clarified in coming weeks based on input and suggestions we receive from participants.
 

Themes

1 Extent of land concentration
 

2 Evictions, exclusions, and struggles
 

3 Optimizing land and natural resource access to produce more wealth, better distribute the wealth that is produced, and create more jobs
 

4 Improving the distribution of land and natural resource access rights to preserve resources and protects the planet
 

5 Facilitating land access for vulnerable populations: existing policies and proposals for the future
 

6 Preventing evictions and protecting populations’ rights: existing policies and proposals for the future

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