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Session Overview
Location: MC 6-860
Date: Tuesday, 21/Mar/2017
1:30pm - 5:00pmMethodologies for monitoring impact of sustainable land management programs

By invitation only. Please contact Philippe Dardel <>

MC 6-860 

Date: Friday, 24/Mar/2017
9:00am - 10:30am13-12: MasterClass: High Council of Notaries
Session Chair: Lionel Galliez, International Union of Notaries (UINL), France
MC 6-860 

What Role for Notaries in Strengthening Land Tenure Security

Willy Giacchino

Conseil supérieur du notariat, France

11:00am - 12:30pm14-12: Land Contracts: Tools & Strategies for Greater Transparency

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MC 6-860 

Land Contracts: Tools and Strategies for Greater Transparency and More Responsible Investments

Jesse Coleman1, Kaitlin Cordes1, Sam Szoke-Burke1, Carin Smaller2, Mohamed Coulibaly2, Francine Picard2, William Speller2

1Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, United States of America; 2International Institute for Sustainable Development, Canada

Contracts often form a crucial element of the frameworks that govern land-based investments, defining parties’ responsibilities, allocating risks and benefits, and affecting a range of socio-economic and environmental issues. Yet investment contracts for commercial agriculture and forestry projects are often negotiated without the involvement of key stakeholders, approved through opaque decision-making procedures, and rarely made publicly available. These characteristics can lead to agricultural investments that fall short of recommendations regarding responsible investment and land governance, and fail to contribute to the sustainable development objectives of host countries.

This MasterClass, co-organized by the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI) and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), will present a range of tools, strategies, and lessons learned regarding land contracts and their implications for responsible land-based investments. The Class will include: an interactive discussion of key recommendations from IISD regarding the negotiation of land contracts; an interactive presentation of; guided contracts exercise; and a Q&A session.

The MasterClass aims to provide participants with tools and knowledge to support: improved understanding and analysis of land contracts; better understanding of the implications of land-based investment projects; and more informed decision-making regarding the negotiation of land contracts.

1:30pm - 3:00pm15-11: MasterClass: Follow the Money to Justice

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MC 6-860 

Follow the Money to Justice

Natalie Bugalski

Inclusive Development International, United States of America

The MasterClass will present Inclusive Development International’s Follow the Money initiative - a new tool to identify and analyze the companies and investors behind projects that threaten local tenure rights. The tool is designed for advocates working to challenge harmful investment projects and defend community land rights.

Behind many investment projects is a web of actors, including local and transnational corporations and their subsidiaries; private and institutional equity and debt investors, commodity traders, refiners and retailers. Many of these actors are bound by laws and policies that require them to respect human rights and the environment. Others have visible brands and are highly concerned about their corporate image. These actors all have a degree of leverage over the investment projects and can use their influence to ensure that local land rights are respected, or violations are redressed after the fact.

But these investment chains are often invisible to the communities that they impact.

Using the Follow the Money tool, communities are made aware of key actors along investment chains of projects affecting them. The tool assesses the strongest pressure points so communities are able to determine where they should focus their resources to maximize the chances of successful engagement and advocacy.