Living Landscapes: putting people at the centre of ecosystem restoration

27-30 June 2019

The threats stemming from the interaction of global warming, soil infertility, pollinator loss, chemical leaching and ocean acidification are still underestimated by decision-makers around the world.

Climatic collapse and massive desertification are a destabilising blow to health, wealth and equality. Rising tensions find outlets in conflict and migration. Dealing with them in isolation is a recipe for failure; integrating them holistically is a far more promising path.

The Caux Dialogue on Land and Security has been exploring these issues since 2013 by bringing together public and private leaders with small farmers, activists and researchers to build a community of practice.

The potential benefits of global-scale ecosystem restoration are huge, ranging from climate change reversed to environmental migration curbed and peace sustained. Experience has shown that the only way to achieve ecosystem restoration and its desired outcomes is to put local communities in charge.

At the 2019 Dialogue, global thought leaders and practitioners will explore how community and individual actions can reverse degradation leading to peace and stability.

Join us this summer at the Caux Conference and Seminar Centre to address the multiple challenges ahead, find like-minded people to collaborate with and get equipped with the latest insights and skills in sustainability, peacebuilding and finance.


Who is this event for?

  • land restoration experts and practitioners
  • policy-makers and think-tankers
  • security experts, researchers and practitioners
  • entrepreneurs and business leaders
  • farmers, ranchers and land managers
  • emerging leaders

What to expect?

  • Review of actions to be taken at varying levels to encourage human-centered responses
  • Support for policymaking that accounts for the complexity of the circumstances (with special reference to conflict and land restoration)
  • Connection between cross-sector actors and actions 
  • Personal plans of action of steps to take

The Caux Dialogues on Land and Security were founded by the UN Convention to Combat Desertification, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, Initiatives of Change Switzerland and the Initiative for Land, Lives, Peace.

Please note that Caux Dialogue on Land Security will take place in parallel to the Ethical Leadership in Business 2019

The dialogue that I have joined this week has been exceptional in that it provides a restful, safe and neutral place for people to really explore what the issues are in a way that is going to change the world.

Gina Pattisson, Development Director, Commonland

I enjoyed the event and have gained a lot of insight from discussions with many participants, young and old!

Martin Lees, former Secretary General of Club of Rome and Member of Gorbachev High Level Task Force on Climate Change

We’ve been introduced to organizations deeply trusted by local communities, so they are natural partners for introducing technology we believe has huge potential. They are a great bridge between what we’re building and what we hope to achieve – massive reforestation.

Matthew Ritchie, representative of BioCarbon Engineering, CDLS 2016


Jane Davidson
Vice President for Sustainability and Engagement
University of Wales
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Dr Jane Davidson is Vice President for Sustainability and Engagement at the University of Wales and in 2017 become an associate faculty member at Harvard University. From 2007- 2011, Jane was Minister for Environment and Sustainability in Wales where she proposed legislation to make sustainability the central organising principle of government –  the Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act came into law in 2015. She created a Welsh Climate Change Commission and Future Generations Commissioner, the 800 mile Wales coast path, led ‘Towards Zero Waste’ which has seen Wales become third in the world for municipal recycling - and introduced the Welsh charge on carrier bags, which led to similar charges across the UK. Jane has won a number of UK wide awards for her work Jane is a patron of the Chartered Institute for Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) and Tools for Self Reliance Wales (TFSR Cymru).  She holds honorary fellowships from IEMA (Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment), WWF, CIW (Chartered Institute of Waste), CIWEM (Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management). She contributes regularly to international expert events.    
Emma Hallett
Team Leader
Collaborative Change Team/Wales
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Emma Hallett is Team Leader for Wales’s Collaborative Change team, responsible for helping replicate the ‘Welsh Recycling Blueprint’ across Wales’s local authorities. Using source separation of recyclables at the kerbside and keeping, separation of food waste to keep all other materials clean, the blueprint ensures maximum quality for recyclable materials and has enabled Wales to rise from the worst performing recycler in Europe to be the 3rd best globally. The blueprint is a crucial step in moving from an extractive system of land degradation to a Circular Economy. Emma was Operations Manager REalliance, helping engage with communities and the UK Government to, minimise unnecessary waste, reducing carbon impacts and increasing the recycling and reuse of resources. Before this Emma was General Manager at the UK’s Community Recycling Network (CRNUK) and Head of Head of Human Resources at the New Economics Foundation. A graduate from the University of Cambridge and a French and German speaker.
Sophie Howe
Future Generations Commissioner for Wales
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Sophie Howe is the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales; tasked with ensuring progress against Wales’s ground-breaking ‘Wellbeing of Future Generations’ legislation. The Act gives Wales the legal obligation to improve social, cultural, environmental and economic well-being. The Act is unique to Wales and is attracting global interest as it offers a huge opportunity to plan for long-lasting positive change for current and future generations. Sophie promotes the sustainable development principle, guarding the ability of future generations to meet their needs and encourage public bodies to take greater account of the long-term impact of their work to prevent persistent problems such as poverty, health inequalities and climate change.  Sophie was the first Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for South Wales leading programmes to tackle violent crime and violence against women and girls. Sophie has also served as a Government Special Adviser providing policy and political advice on communities, local government, community safety, housing, regeneration and equality.
Robert Rubinstein
Chairman & Founding Partner
TBLI Group
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Robert Rubinstein is the Chairman and Founding Partner of TBLI Group Holdings B.V. with headquarters in The Netherlands. The Company was founded in 1998 with the mission of integrating ESG and TBLI into the culture and strategy of international corporate business and investment companies. Mr. Rubinstein has been instrumental in championing Sustainable and IMPACT investment dedicated to solving social issues.   Prior to TBLI, Mr. Rubinstein had an extensive career in publishing. He founded the first bicycle magazine in The Netherlands, FIETS in 1981, and Source magazine in 1995, a publication focused on integrating “profits and principles” as a message to the business community. FIETS and Source were based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. FIETS was sold to VNU Magazines and it is still in circulation today.  Mr. Rubinstein taught courses in Sustainable Finance at the Rotterdam School of Management from 2003–2006 and in his career has delivered many lectures at international business schools and universities.   Mr. Rubinstein has served on various profit and nonprofit boards, and advises various organizations; i.e. International Center for Corporate Accountability, WETV editorial advisory board, IMSA (International Sustainability Consultancy), Chairman Swift Prize of the King Boudewijn Foundation, 3IG-International Interfaith Investment Group, Fortis Investments SRI fund., ICCA Advisory Board,  and the Developments Alternatives Advisory Council. He was also a board member of the ASN Foundation, for nearly 10 years. At present, he is on Advisory Board of Project X Global ( and Wealth & Society  and Lifestyles Magazine http:// Rubinstein is a tenacious public speaker on both TBLI and ESG at global conferences and has been asked to speak at numerous engagements including the Global Reporting Initiative, the inaugural Impact Investing Israel Summit and World Pension Council in Singapore. TBLI was asked to organize a session at COP21, Paris in December 2015 and more recently, Mr. Rubinstein was invited at the request of Natural Step, a leading advisor on Sustainability for the Swedish corporate sector attended by King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.
Eifion Williams
Founder Director and CEO
Circular Economy Wales CIC (CEW)
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Eifion Williams is Founder Director and CEO of Circular Economy Wales CIC (CEW), a social enterprise that campaigns to see the elimination of all waste in Wales and its conversion into wealth and locking it within the same local communities that collects the material. He is committed to the social economy model and has 20 years’ experience working within the sector in Wales; a former Business Advisor with the Wales Cooperative Centre helping social enterprises to set up and grow. Before this, Eifion worked for the Environment Wales programme, specialising in deriving income from recycling and reuse.  Eifion helped develop Europe’s first Zero Waste Village which achieved Wales's highest landfill diversion rate of 87% within one month, which in turn encouraged the Welsh Government to adopt its ‘Towards Zero Waste’ strategy. Eifion was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2018 which took him to six European ‘complementary currency’ systems across Europe resulting in a report ‘Circular Wealth Wales – Recommendations for a Welsh Mutual Credit System’, to be published in 2019.
Mal Williams
Executive Director
Zero Waste International Trust
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Mal Williams is recognized as occupying a leading role in the development of Real Zero Waste (not simply zero to landfill) and sustainability principles over the last twenty years. As a founder member of Zero Waste International Alliance ( he has actively promoted Zero Waste throughout the world and is now the Executive Director of The Zero Waste International Trust. Mal’s latest focus is soil health and the role good composting of organic wastes could play to restore soil life and health and grow better, tastier, more nutritious food more locally. Mal feels that in the face of global warming and rapid population growth we must all make massive changes to the way we treat resources. Zero Waste is a key first step in moving to a circular economy and there is no time to lose.

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Basic Room Twin
  • Accommodation and food*CHF 255 (3 nights)
  • Forum FeesCHF 540
  • TotalCHF 795
Basic Room Single
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  • Forum FeesCHF 540
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Standard Room Twin
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Standar Room Single
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Premium room Single
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organising team

Irina Fedorenko

Irina Fedorenko

Managing Director - Caux Dialogue on Land and Security

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Preliminary programme

Living Landscapes: putting people at the centre of ecosystem restoration


Thursday, 27 June

00:00 - 00:00