01-04 July 2020

Please note that due to COVID-19 this programme had to be cancelled. You can read the full report on the Caux Dialogue on Environment and Security HERE.




Migration, land degradation, and the management of natural resources pose serious threats to millions of lives around the world. These issues are intimately tied to conflict, and yet the connection between the two is often under-analysed, unrecognised, or misunderstood.

The Emerging Leaders programme at the Caux Dialogue on Environment and Security aims to bring together young leaders to find and share effective, creative and inspiring solutions to the complex issues of migration, land degradation, and conflict. It provides young innovators with a chance to have their voices heard and to influence discussions with eminent policymakers, activists, and scientists. Emerging leaders are equipped with the skills and support necessary to share their ideas and solutions, enabling them to take further action in their own communities or on the international stage.

We believe that Emerging Leaders come in many shapes and forms, because meaningful contributions to the challenges of this area takes many forms. We particularly welcome individuals who have an interest – academically, personally and professionally – in land and peace issues, at their nexus.

Emerging Leaders may be entrepreneurs with a unique vision and/or reasonably developed project/business idea, or grassroots activists with a track-record of campaigning and advocacy. They may also be students who have demonstrable experience engaging with these issues within and beyond the walls of the classrooms. They might be educators with a desire to mainstream these concerns and discourse. Or, they may be environment professionals who is looking to dedicate their experience and skills to land and/or peace issues.

We are looking for early career outstanding and ambitious individuals who are strongly passionate about addressing problems and finding solutions for land and security issues. If you feel that you and your community will benefit from the Emerging Leaders programme, we strongly encourage you to apply.


What’s to gain?

  • The opportunity to meet and discuss land and peace issues with key policymakers, development workers, activists, scientists, entrepreneurs and experts.
  • Participation in in-depth dialogues on three streams of the Caux Dialogue on Land and Security (Restoration, Business and Peace).
  • A unique and personalised mentorship matching and support programme based on your expressed interests and skills.
  • Experience working with other Emerging Leaders closely on land and peace challenges, where you will be expected to produce a final output with a practical application.
  • A series of skills workshops designed to develop your advocacy, campaign, communications, critical thinking, teamwork, presentation, management and leadership skills.
  • Participation in Caux’s traditional fire-side conversations with established environmental leaders, where Emerging Leaders will have the opportunity to engage on issues and topics they care about.
  • The opportunity to experience the unique, diverse and inclusive environment of Caux, where open channels of communication is celebrated and inter-generational dialogue is held in high regards, and experience the unique community spirit of the Caux conferences.
  • For interested entrepreneurs: There will be a formal opportunity for entrepreneurs or founders of non-profit initiatives to pitch their projects/ideas to the audience at Caux and gain mentorship and advice from experts.


CDLS 2018 group


Who can apply?

To apply as an Emerging Leader for the Caux Dialogue on Environment and Security 2020, you should meet the following criteria:

  • Be older than 18 years old (inclusive) and younger than 30 years old (inclusive), although exceptions can be made for candidates with compelling reasons for their participation.

 And at least any ONE of the following: 

  • Have an interesting and feasible project or project idea relevant to land and/or peace issues (your project could be already in the stages of implementation, or it could be in the early stages of planning. We will judge every project on a case-by-case basis based on its potential impacts and its feasibility).
  • Demonstrate strong interest and/or experience relevant to land and/or peace issues, particularly with regards to advocacy and/or academia and/or campaigning and/or education and/or volunteering and/or community work.
  • An existing career in a sector and role relevant to land and/or peace issues, but does not yet have over 5 years of professional working experience in this field.

How to apply: 

Please answer the following questions: 
1) What is your initiative and what is your story? 
2) What do you need for your initiative to develop? 
3) Why would you like to come to CDES?


The Emerging Leaders Programme 2020 is closely linked to the Caux Dialogue on Environment and Security. Please click here for the programme.



NB: Please note that for technical reasons the Caux Forum Online will be held mainly in English with some sessions in French. No interpretation will be offered. Thank you for your understanding.

organizing team

Lisa Yasko

Lisa Yasko

Emerging Leaders Programme Coordinator

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Caux Dialogue on Environment and Security - Programme

  • 1 - 4 July: Panels
  • 5 - 19 July: Workshops & Community Building


Wednesday, 01 July

14:00 - 15:00 (CEST)
Plenary 1: Anticipating the security risks of land degradation and climate

Climate change and land degradation pose potentially devastating threats to human security. Can we anticipate future scenarios? What will it take to respond accordingly? Three global experts from France, Nepal and UK shed light on questions that will affect the future of humanity.


  • Dr Thomas Gauthier, Professor of Strategy, Emlyon Business School, France
  • Oli Brown, Associate Fellow, Chatham House (The Royal Institute of International Affairs) and Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP)
  • Dr Bishnu Raj Upreti, Advisor, Nepal Centre for Contemporary Research, Kathmandu


  • Anna Brach, Head of Human Security, Geneva Centre for Security Policy


Thursday, 02 July

10:00 - 11:00 (CEST)
Plenary 2: Community Action: entry-point to holistic solutions

From villagers replenishing groundwater in India to pastoralists mapping land rights in Darfur; from farmer-managed natural regeneration in Niger to communities managing wildlife in Namibia: durable solutions are based on effective community action. Meet practitioners from Australia, India, Namibia and Senegal who are leading the way in catalyzing community-based solutions.


  • Oumar Sylla, Acting Director for the Regional Office for Africa in the United Nations Human Settlements Program (UN-Habitat)
  • Tony Rinaudo AM, Senior Climate Action Advisor, World Vision Australia
  • Maxi Louis, Director of the Namibian Association of Community-Based Natural Resource Management Support Organisations (NASCO)
  • Dr. Himanshu Kulkarni, Executive Director, Advanced Center for Water Resources Development and Management (ACWADAM), India



15:00 - 16:30 (CEST)
Plenary 3: Sustainability risks in the Pharmaceutical Industry in the context of COVID 19

This plenary will dive into the challenges and opportunities for sustainability in  the pharmaceutical industry, in the context of COVID 19. We will draw on diverse perspectives from industry and civil society on the sustainable production and consumption of medicines. The dialogue will highlight antibiotic resistance as one of the most pressing challenges facing the world. Lastly we will touch upon technical, political and legal solutions and explore how we can use the current crisis to transform the sector by building a more transparent supply chain.



  • Rishabh Khanna, Executive Committee, Initiatives for Land, Lives and Peace


Friday, 03 July

14:00 - 15:00 (CEST)
Plenary 4: Climate Finance: catalyst of holistic solutions

Global resources are streaming into efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change. How can such efforts benefit the world’s poorest? Expert practitioners and scholars from the African Development Bank, Earthbanc and pioneering academic centres will share insights and prospects.




Monday, 06 July

17:00 - (CEST)
Workshop 1: Rural Futures: Ecosystem Restoration for Universal Basic Assets in the Eastern Himalayas

The Eastern Himalayan region stretches across two biodiversity hotspots and over 220 indigenous communities, prompting a battle for resources where human aspirations threaten the region’s biodiversity. The Rural Futures model reconciles these human and biodiversity needs through promoting habitat-mediated livelihoods for indigenous communities, thereby alleviating the economic incentives to destroy habitats. The programme enhances natural assets, creating a system for sustainable natural capital optimization that builds the capacity of indigenous communities to become stewards of their natural inheritance. In the long term, sustainable liquidation of this natural capital will facilitate the delivery of universal basic assets to forest-fringe communities.




Tuesday, 07 July

16:30 - (CEST)
Workshop 2: Enterpreneurship and Innovation: building the world you want to live in

Build your future world and retrocast back to today – a method for designing your life, business or community. This process will help you create and take action on a strategy for developing regenerative ecosystems. With others, you’ll frame a challenge to identify current barriers, project into the future, build your ideal world and work backwards from that future to create a plan for getting there. Create a vision for your future, a plan for getting there, an inspired sense of direction and a new tool for your innovation toolbox.


  • Robert Suarez, Founder and Director of the Forest Venture Lab
  • Dr Lauren Fletcher, Co-founder BetaEarth
  • Greg FitzGerald, Principal at Venture Stem 



Wednesday, 08 July

11:00 - 12:30 (CEST)
Workshop 3: Land degradation and remediation: latest developments and best practices

Land degradation springs from the interplay between the degradation of traditional management systems, ignorance of modern insights into restoration science, poor governance and competing claims. We tend to associate such conditions with poor countries, yet they can also affect the world's richest nations. Join this workshop to learn about the latest developments in the relationship between land degradation and exile, to discuss how EU environmental policy can effect change globally and to witness astonishing innovations in areas ranging from the rich temperate soils of Belgium to the most degraded landscapes on Earth, the saline flats of desert shores and the shifting boundaries of the Sahel and the Sahara.


  • Dr Humberto Delgado Rosa, Director for Natural Capital at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for the Environment
  • Dr Papa Faye, Executive Secretary of Centre d'Action pour le Développement et la Recherche, Senegal
  • Josef Garvi, Founder and CEO of Sahara Sahel Foods
  • Neal Spackman, Founder and CEO of Regenerative Resources Co, USA
  • Stéphane Delogne, Founder and Manager of the Highland d'Ardennes Beef Farm in the Belgian Ardennes


  • Patrick Worms, Senior Science Policy Advisor, World Agroforestry Centre 


15:30 - 17:00 (CEST)
Workshop 4: Is the environment the missing dimension of peace?

We will consider the nexus of environmental restoration, peacemaking, trust and security. Violence may come from communal tensions, ideological preconceptions, disruptions of livelihoods, mistrust and fear, or criminal exploitation. Environmental degradation can exacerbate many of these drivers of conflict, and we need new tools to reverse the downward spiral and rebuild hope and trust. We also need to scale up the re-creation of environments which provide the physical and spiritual sustenance on which we all depend. The panel will bring perspectives that cut across the usual silos, and will explore the opportunities for tackling local and global risks through innovative and familiar approaches, restoring physical environments and human relationships alike. From community activists to security forces, from pastoralists to climate researchers, these issues matter for everyone, and everyone can contribute to addressing them.


  • Peter Rundell & Olivia Lazard


  • Larry Gbevlo-Lartey, CEO Human Security Research Center of Ghana, former AU High Representative for Counter-Terrorism
  • Nathalie Tops, Regional Resilience and Livelihoods Coordinator at the Danish Refugee Council
  • Wim Zwijnberg, Project on Humanitarian Disarmament at PAX for Peace
  • TBC Mukhtar Ogle, Executive Office of the Presidency, Secretary for Strategic Initiatives in the President's Office, Republic of Kenya


Thursday, 09 July

19:00 - (CEST)
Workshop 5: Interactive sound meditation (45 min)

Reunite the inner and outer world through an interactive meditative musical trip. We will go inwards to reconnect with the feeling of oneness with the world, reinforcing and broadening the quality of compassion, guided by improvized music, the sound of the flute and occasionally a few words. This zoom session will only use sound (no visuals, cameras off) and will offer a moment of relaxation for conference participants.




Friday, 10 July

15:00 - (CEST)
Workshop 6: La terre et la sécurité en Afrique Subsaharienne: évaluer les risques et chercher une réponse

Pour beaucoup de communautés d’Afrique subsaharienne, un drame est en train de se dérouler. Sous la pression d’une population croissante, du changement climatique et parfois de mauvaise gouvernance, les terres fertiles se font rares. Les gens s’appauvrissent, les jeunes cherchent une vie qui semble meilleure en ville ou en Europe, voire en rejoignant des groupes armés. Mais il est encore possible de mobiliser des ressources humaines et techniques pour restaurer la terre et la confiance. Cet atelier cherchera à mettre en lumière des scénarios positifs qui permettent d’attaquer les causes de l’extrémisme violent. En réunissant des représentants des secteurs de l’environnement et de la sécurité, l’atelier favorisera une perspective plus holistique sur ces questions complexes et contribuera à amorcer les grandes lignes d’une réponse conjointe.

Organisateurs :

  • Rainer Gude, Co-Directeur général (Initiatives et Changement Suisse)
  • Carol Mottet, Conseillère principale (Division Sécurité humaine du Département fédéral des affaires étrangères de Suisse)

Modérateur : 

  • Rainer Gude, Co-directeur général, Initiatives et Changement Suisse


  • Olivia Lazard, Chercheuse adjointe à Environment and Development Resource Center (Centre de ressouces sur l’environnement et le développement), directrice de Peace in Design Consulting Ld
  • Oumar B. SAMAKE, Anthropologue, Coordonnateur de Programmes, Association Malienne d’Éveil au Développement Durable (AMEDD)
  • Dr. Mahamadou SAVADOGO, Consultant sur les questions de l'extrémisme violent au Sahel, Burkina Faso
  • Abasse Tougiani, Chercheur principal, Institut Nationale de la Recherche Agronomique du Niger (INRAN), Niger


Saturday, 11 July

14:00 - (CEST)
Workshop 7: Arts and love in politics (60 min)

How can artistic expressions be combined with real life politics as part of the same drive for good in the world? How can one imagine a wonderful world and still be realistic and practical about what needs to be done to get there? Lisa Yasko will share her personal journey as a member of the Ukrainian parliament and politician.




Monday, 13 July

9:00 - 10:30 (CEST)
Workshop 8: First Caux Ocean Dialogue: Science, Policy, Conservation and Finance - The Future is now!

Since 2012, the Caux Dialogue on Land and Security has explored issues of desertification, deforestation, conflict, and such solutions as land restoration, agroecology, peacebuilding and innovative green finance. But land only actually represents 29% of the world’s surface.

Now that the Caux Dialogue is focusing more on the environment in general, it can begin to explore crucially important issues concerning the remaining 71% of the Earth’s surface: the ocean, the world’s largest source of protein, which directly provides a livelihood to more than 3 billion people.

Through a collection of viewpoints, from the science, conservation, policy and finance sectors, this session will pave the way for several more Caux Ocean Dialogues.

The future of life on our planet indubitably lies in our ability to save the ocean: this is not to exclude terrestial issues, as everything is connected. The future is now. (Find out more here).


  • James Nikitine, Marine scientist, consultant, filmmaker, CEO Manaia Productions and Blue Cradle.
  • Dr Guillermo Ortuño Crespo, Postdoctoral researcher, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Youth Focal Point for the UN Ocean Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development
  • Dr Raphaëla le Gouvello, Expert in marine coastal zone management, fisheries and aquaculture-dependent territories, sustainability, blue growth
  • Kaleigh Carlson, Environmental conservationist, MSc candidate in Environment, Resources and Sustainability, The Graduate Institute, Geneva
  • Torsten Thiele, Ocean finance and governance expert, founder, Global Ocean Trust

Tuesday, 14 July

9:00 - 10:30 CEST - 15:00 - 16:30 (CEST)
Workshop 9 (Part 1): Creativity for Sustainability - a journey from the personal to the global

Creativity holds the power to communicate without borders. This power has been harvested in the past to put across messages of equity, equality and social causes. Creativity offers the flexibility to move through different media – especially the visual arts – to work for nature conservation.

During the COVID-19 pandemic we have all learnt that if we take care of nature, nature will take care of us. In the four sessions of this workshop, we will take you on a journey, starting from the personal and moving to the global, towards deeper connection with sustainability in your daily life.

Participants must commit to all the four sessions, two each day. Facilitation will take place in two or three groups, depending on the facilitators.

Please note that this workshop is held on 2 consecutive days. Participants are expected to attend on both days to get the full experience!


Coordinator and Moderator:


Wednesday, 15 July

9:00 - 10:30 CEST - 15:00 - 16:30 (CEST)
Workshop 9 (Part 2): Creativity for Sustainability - a journey from the personal to the global

Creativity holds the power to communicate without borders. This power has been harvested in the past to put across messages of equity, equality and social causes. Creativity offers the flexibility to move through different media – especially the visual arts – to work for nature conservation.

During the COVID-19 pandemic we have all learnt that if we take care of nature, nature will take care of us. In the four sessions of this workshop, we will take you on a journey, starting from the personal and moving to the global, towards deeper connection with sustainability in your daily life.

Participants must commit to all the four sessions, two each day. Facilitation will take place in two or three groups, depending on the facilitators.

Please note that this workshop is held on 2 consecutive days. Participants are expected to attend on both days to get the full experience!


Coordinator and Moderator:


Thursday, 16 July

16:00 - 17:30 (CEST)
Workshop 10: Possible Futures

Participants will be guided to explore possible futures for life on our planet using embodied imagination. From our imagined futures we will reflect on how to create todays changes by writing a letter home to our present selves. This is a creative workshop leading the participants through intuitive exercises and guided practices and meditations. This workshop is run by the Bards network within IofC.

Please note that this programme is subject to change. For technical reasons the Caux Forum Online will be held mainly in English with some sessions in French. No interpretation will be offered. Thank you for your understanding.