XVII Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of the Commons


June 25, 2019

PIM is supporting participation of social scientists from across CGIAR in the XVII Biennial IASC Conference, entitled ‘In Defense of the Commons: Challenges, Innovation, and Action’. The conference will be held at the Catholic University of Lima, Peru on July 1-5, 2019.

The conference will bring together experiences and lessons from around the world to reflect on the multiple ways in which different actors have sought to maintain and defend the commons, as well as the challenges and opportunities faced by the commons in the 21st century.

PIM colleagues from Bioversity International, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), International Water Management Institute (IWMI), World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF), and other partner organizations working under Flagship 5: Governance of Natural Resources will be presenting in multiple sessions and participating in multi-stakeholder dialogues. The selection of PIM colleagues' presentations is listed below. See the full conference program for more details.

July 1

Gender and socioecological systems

  • Ruth Meinzen-Dick (IFPRI): Women's tenure security on collective lands: Implications for measurement and policy

Restoration and agrobiodiversity

Chair: Adam Drucker (Bioversity International)

  • Adam Drucker (Bioversity International): Facilitating shared governance of common pool genetic resources through farmer incentive mechanisms and the mainstreaming of agrobiodiversity into conservation policy

Politics, law and the commons

  • Diana Suhardiman (IWMI): The Politics of legal pluralism in the shaping of spatial power in Myanmar’s land governance

July 2

Challenges in implementation and outcomes of collective tenure reforms for securing rights

  • Iliana Monterroso (CIFOR): Implementer's perspectives on formalizing indigenous commons in Peru
  • Anne Larson (CIFOR): Forest tenure conflict and models of formalization: Comparative research on Peru, Indonesia and Uganda
  • Nining Liswanti (CIFOR): The governance of forest and land tenure reforms in Indonesia: Successes and failures
  • Peter Cronkleton (CIFOR): Securing communal tenure and territorial governance in indigenous communities in the Peruvian Amazon

Investment pathways and impacts following forest rights devolution in Guatemala, Mexico and Nepal

Chair: Steven Lawry (CIFOR)

  • Iliana Monterroso (CIFOR): Investment in Commons: Lessons learned from the Mayan Biosphere Reserve, Guatemala
  • Anukram Adhikary (FSE) and Steven Lawry (CIFOR): The contribution of joint venture enterprises to investment and employment creation in the commons: Evidence from Nepal and Namibia
  • Steven Lawry (CIFOR): Pathways to private sector investment in the commons

Multi-stakeholder platforms to strengthen natural resource governance

Chairs: Blake Ratner (CoRe), Ruth Meinzen-Dick (IFPRI), Anne Larson (CIFOR)

  • Blake Ratner (Collaborating for Resilience (CoRe)): The dynamics of power, conflict and collaboration in multi-stakeholder platforms to strengthen resource governance
  • Diana Suhardiman (IWMI): Resettlement, agricultural land concession and local land use planning in Laos.
  • Christopher Hewlett (CIFOR): How does context affect the outcomes of subnational multi-stakeholder forums on land-use/land-use-change? Results from a Realist Synthesis Review of the scholarly literature
  • Hagar ElDidi (IFPRI) | Shivanyaa Rawat (The Foundation for Ecological Security in India): Polycentricity and multi-stakeholder platforms: Securing the Commons in India

Pathways to increase synergies between value-chains and landscape-based governance of zero-deforestation commitments

  • Selma van der Haar (CIFOR): Jurisdictional approaches for zero-deforestation cocoa: a case-study from Ghana
  • Valentina Robiglio (ICRAF): Synergies between value-chains and landscape-based governance to reduce agricultural driven deforestation: what is the evidence on the ground? The case of coffee in the region of San Martin, Peru
  • Herry Purnomo (CIFOR and IPB): Public and private commitment to zero-deforestation: A South Sumatra Case

July 3

Gender Balance in the Commons Management Practices and Studies II

  • Gitta Shrestha (IWMI): Gender, Social Capital and Collective Commons: Exploring pathways to collective water resource governance in Far-West Nepal

Multi-stakeholder Forums and the promise of more equitable and effective land-use decision-making. Part 1: lessons for the Amazonian commons

Chair: Anne Larson (CIFOR)

  • Jazmin Gonzales Tovar (CIFOR / University of Florida): Context, power and equity in territorial planning multi-stakeholder commissions: A comparative analysis of two very different Brazilian States
  • Marina Londres (CIFOR): Green Municipalities Program: an elite-based MSF for fighting deforestation: at what costs?
  • Alejandra Huamán | Diego Palacios (CIFOR): Forest governance under the Natural Protected Areas System in Peru: contesting the management of the commons in San Martin and Madre de Dios
  • Natalia Cisneros (CIFOR): Challenges to an effective inclusion of indigenous communities in forest management decision-making; a case study from Ucayali, Peru

Behavioral Experiments I

Chair: Wei Zhang (IFPRI)

  • Wei Zhang (IFPRI): What does a framed field experiment on community forestry leave behind in India: a qualitative and quantitative exploration

Ecosystem Services and Collective Action: New commons, New governance challenges III

  • Houria Djoudi (CIFOR): Shifts in the value of ecosystem services from food trees and their impact on tree rights and the collective management of tree resources in Burkina Faso

Multi-stakeholder Forums and the promise of more equitable and effective land-use decision-making. Part 2: comparative results from research in Brazil, Ethiopia, Indonesia, and Peru

Chair: Juan Pablo Sarmiento Barletti (CIFOR)

  • Mastewal Yami (CIFOR): Multi Stakeholder Forums enhance equity and effectiveness in communal forest management in Bale and Jamma-Urji areas, Ethiopia
  • Mayte Benicio Rizek (CIFOR): A multi-governmental experience for the prevention and control of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon: roots and long-term results
  • Shintia Arwida (CIFOR): The role of multi-stakeholder forums in subnational jurisdictions: lessons from Indonesia
  • Juan Pablo Sarmiento Barletti (CIFOR): The potential of multi-stakeholder forums for equitable and effective participation: lessons from the Peruvian Amazon

Behavioral Experiments II

  • Thomas Falk (ICRISAT): Lessons learnt from using behavioral games for institutional capacity development

July 5

Rangelands and transformation and the commons

  • Lance W. Robinson (ILRI): Community-based rangeland management in light of recent developments in commons theory

Land and territorial tenure rights and security

  • Esther Mwangi (CIFOR): Forest tenure reforms and tenure security: What determines perceptions of tenure security among members of reform groups?

Linking governance of forest and water: Lessons for policy and practice from the "water towers" of East Africa

Chair: Esther Mwangi

  • Esther Mwangi (CIFOR): Strengthening linked governance of forest and water resources in East Africa's "water towers”
  • Douglas Ombogoh (CIFOR): Community participation in forest and water management planning: challenges and opportunities in implementing forest and water management plans in Kenya
  • Laura Mukhwana (CIFOR): Community-based reforestation in East Africa's "water towers”: Critical success factors

Also see:

CIFOR at #iasc2019

IFPRI at #iasc2019

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