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09/30/2021 - 09/30/2021 | Hamburg

Few Benefits, Huge Risks: Taking Stock of the Global Land Rush

Since the surge of large-scale land acquisitions by international investors starting a decade ago, the Land Matrix Initiative has recorded land deals with a staggering total contract size of 30 million hectares. Experts will discuss the alarming results of its third Analytical Report at the GIGA Forum/GIGA Talk.

Since the surge of large-scale land acquisitions by international investors starting a decade ago, the Land Matrix Initiative has recorded land deals with a staggering total contract size of 30 million hectares. In its third Analytical Report, the Land Matrix Initiative assesses the wide-ranging impacts of these land acquisitions on people’s livelihoods, on land tenure, and on the environment.

Some of the conclusions are alarming: The non-consensual and uncompensated loss of land experienced by local communities often comes with few socio-economic benefits – be they employment, newly introduced technologies, or infrastructure. Beyond economic woes, these large-scale land acquisitions destroy rainforests, natural habitats, and biodiversity. The report clearly shows the urgent need to rethink and transform current practices of large-scale land acquisitions into responsible and sustainable contributions to economic and social development.

Welcome note:
Nora Boehm is Senior Policy Officer for land-related issues at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Speaker:
Apl. Prof. Jann Lay is Lead Research Fellow at the GIGA Institute for African Affairs and Head of the GIGA Research Programme “Globalisation and Development.” He is a member of the Land Matrix Steering Committee and a co-author of the report.

Discussants:
Constanze von Oppeln is Program Manager at Welthungerhilfe.

Berns Komba Lebbie is National Coordinator of Land for Life in Sierra Leone.

Moderator:
Dr. Christoph Kubitza is Research Fellow at GIGA Institute for Asian Studies and co-author of the report.

Information on participating / attending:
We would like to ask you to register for this event. The registration is free of charge.

Date:

09/30/2021 16:00 - 09/30/2021

Event venue:

German Institute for Global and Area Studies
Leibniz-Institut für Globale und Regionale Studien - Online Event
Hamburg
Hamburg
Germany

Target group:

all interested persons

Email address:

Relevance:

international

Subject areas:

Economics / business administration, Environment / ecology, Politics, Social studies, Zoology / agricultural and forest sciences

Types of events:

Presentation / colloquium / lecture

Entry:

09/15/2021

Sender/author:

Verena Schweiger

Department:

Fachabteilung Kommunikation

Event is free:

yes

Language of the text:

English

URL of this event: http://idw-online.de/en/event69612


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