Ways out of increasingly irreconcilable future scenarios of use of land and natural resources are being hampered by the lack of respectful exchange on goals, values, norms and functions that people assign to land. Each life-world of potential land users possesses experiences, knowledge and future visions that might be complementary. However, involved actors often conflict on mutually excluding political platforms and do not engage in differentiated exchange on issues of land tenure, large-scale land acquisitions, co-production of ecosystem services, food systems, livelihoods, climate change impacts, soil degradation and landscape restoration, human mobility and migration, multifunctional land uses, among others.
Our session simulates a negotiation of land-use standards in a peripheral frontier region in the Global South: “Alconia”. Using background information on the natural context, institutional landscape, cultural composition and political system we select workshop-participants with previous experiences in land-use planning to address the following questions:
- What do the different actor-groups want from land and nature?
- What do they want for their children?
- Which standards are non-negotiable?
- Where can synergies and compromises be found?
The session’s outcome will be a manifest of land-use standards for similar case study regions, which may serve as an innovative process for future stakeholder interactions. The audience will be involved as advisors of the negotiators.
Abstracts regarding land-use proposals are to be handed in according to the following characters acting as representatives of:
- Local authorities (Council of Mayors/ Kings etc.)
- Extractive industries & agribusiness (palm oil, soy, gas, petrol, gold etc.)
- Federal governmental environmental and/or zoning agency
- Big Farmers Association
- Small Peasants Union
- Indigenous Association
- Environmental NGO
- International Co-operation
- Land Use Scientist (natural and social sciences)