""Landscape" means an area, as perceived by people, whose character is the result of the action and interaction of natural and/or human factors" - Article 1, Council of Europe Landscape Convention, 2016


The objective

In an increasingly urban world, rural people, be they Indigenous Peoples, Local Communities or Rural Communities, are increasingly being left behind. Yet, in order to move towards the 2050 vision of “living in harmony with nature”, we need to make sure that no one is left behind. This means that there also needs to be resolutions by various global decision makers to be inclusive and include all rural communities in decision-making processes. While some Indigenous Peoples have been relatively successful in creating space within the various global policy making institutions, such as in IUCN, other rural communities have not.

One global tool that has been put in place for inclusive conservation of biodiversity are Other Effective area-based Conservation Measures . This measure can also contribute to the various Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The objective of this two-part conference is to start the process of creating a space for all rural communities, so that the various 2030 policies and targets can truly be inclusive of these communities and their natural resources in all their diversity (water, forests, pastures, fisheries, game, veld, pannage, estover, turbary, piscary, animals ferae naturae etc.). 

Organised by IUCN, IASC Europe & CIS, and ICCA Consortium Europe, this event is set to improve the way rural peoples in Europe are recognised.

A quick common recap


"by our hands we endeavour, by our various operations in this world, to make, as it were, another nature" - LX 152, Cicero, 45 BC


"Recognizing the special relationship and interaction between peasants and other people working in rural areas, and the land, water and nature to which they are attached and on which they depend for their livelihood"


Conference Program

This is a provisional program, we welcome suggestions and also looking for thematic leads. If interested please use the contact form below.

9th December 2024

Rural Communities

09h00 - 09h30
09h30 - 10h00
10h00 - 11h30
11h30 - 11h45
11h45 - 12h45
12h45 - 14h00
14h00 - 15h30
15h30 - 15h45
15h45 - 17h00
17h00 - 18h00
18h00 - 18h30
After 18h00

10th December 2024

Rural Communities

09h00 - 09h30
09h30 - 11h00
11h00 - 11h30
11h30 - 12h30
12h30 - 14h00
14h00 - 15h30
15h30 - 15h45
15h45 - 17h00
17h00 - 18h00
18h00 -18h30
After 18h30

11th December 2024

Field Trip : TBC

10h00
12h30
14h00
18h00
After 18h00

12th December 2024

Other Effective area-based Conservation Measures

09h00 - 09h30
09h30 - 09h35
09h35 - 09h45
09h45 - 10h00
10h00 - 12h30
12h30 - 14h00
14h00 - 15h30
15h30 - 16h00
16h00 - 18h00
18h00 - 18h30
After 18h30
After 18h30

13th December 2024

Other Effective area-based Conservation Measures

09h00 - 09h30
09h30 - 11h00
11h00 - 11h30
11h30 - 12h30
12h30 - 14h00
14h00 - 15h00
15h00 - 15h30
15h30 - 16h30
16h30 - 16h45
16h45 - 17h30
17h30 - 18h00
18h00 - 18h30
18h30
After 18h30

"If we went to the Senate with feathers in our hairs while dancing around fires, our rights would be recognised” – French commoner, 2019


Who are the organisers?

In our own way, we have all long been involved in supporting rural communities be recognised.

Registration

We are putting together registration forms. If you are interested in this conference, please add your email to this contact form, and we will add you to the mailing list.

Mailing list form

Some Questions ?

More Questions ?

While we cannot fund everyone to attend this conference, we really want to have to have representatives of local rural communities present. We will do all that we cand to find funds for such people. Please use the contact form.

No, furthermore, the IASC has been kind enough to wave their usual requirement to be a member. Though you can still apply for membership, if you like.

Meet the Supporting Visionaries and who are helping in the Organisation

This conference relies on many supporters, if we are to reach our objective of being inclusive, we especially need help to support the logistics of rural community members. These are people whose livelihoods do not usually allow them to join such conferences. If you would like to support rural community members, we will be happy to add you to these visionaries.

Additional Information

Contact us

If you:

  • Would like to help organise,
  • Would like to run a theme,
  • Have a questions about logistics, hotels, transport etc.,
  • Have any suggestions,
  • Or require further information.

Please use this contact form.

Conference Venue

To be confirmed

John Knox Center Geneva

An easy 10 minute bus ride from the airport

27, chemin des Crêts de Pregny 1218 Grand-Saconnex Geneva - Switzerland

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