WEBINAR - Land in post-conflict settings
Post-war societies not only have to deal with continuing unpeaceful relations but also land-related conflict legacies, farmland and forest degradation, heavily exploited natural resources, land mines, a destroyed infrastructure, as well as returning refugees and ex-combatants. In the aftermath of war, access to and control of land often remains a sensitive issue which may precipitate tensions and lead to a renewed destabilization of volatile post-conflict situations.
Land governance in post-conflict environments is often characterized by weak governance, dysfunctional legal systems and lacking administrative capacities, corruption, lack of transparency and accountability, power disparities along class, gender, and generational lines, loss of legal documents, mismanagement, competition based on ethnicity and identity, as well as the illegal use of land and natural resources. The concurrence and confusion of plural legal systems may prolong the review of land tenure systems as customary tenure, religious and indigenous law may oppose statutory law.
This webinar will address issues of displacement, international principles to mitigate post-war land restitution, land legacies and tenure reforms, repercussions of commercial land deals and infrastructure projects, as well as inter-linkages to conflict transformation.
The following questions will be discussed:
- Which are the biggest challenges in addressing land questions in post-conflict settings (for example weak legal systems, restitution, gender inequality)?
- What challenges do governments and investors face in terms of post-war reconstruction and development? How can these processes be inclusive in post-conflict environments?
- Which groups are most vulnerable to land-related issues in post-conflict environments?
- Which policies or aid measures regarding post-war land governance tend to be successful or counterproductive?
- How far can issues around land governance undermine conflict transformation?
- What role does land play in peace talks and treaties?
Moderator: Anne Hennings, Research fellow, University of Muenster, Germany
- Jon Unruh, Associate Professor in the Department of Geography, McGill University, Canada
- Alexandre Corriveau-Bourque, Independent consultant
- Caitlin Pierce, Acting Manager, Environment and Social Department, Deedoke Hydropower at Shwe Taung Group, Myanmar
- Odongo James, Program Advisor, GIZ-CPS Uganda
- Julius Omony, Program Advisor, GIZ-CPS Uganda