Summer Academy on Land, Security and Climate
Strengthening the climate resilience of conflict-affected and vulnerable communities
Entitled "Strengthening the climate resilience of conflict-affected and vulnerable communities", this year's edition of the Summer Academy on Land, Security and Climate will convene a diverse group of practitioners, policy-makers, researchers and funders in Caux, Switzerland, from 17- 19 July 2023.
The Summer Academy will provide an opportunity to explore innovative solutions at the critical nexus of environmental degradation, climate change and conflict, and to build creative partnerships in the inspiring venue of the Caux Palace, with a more than 75-year track record of international trustbuilding.
The Summer Academy will take place concurrently with the Caux Forum 2023. The first Caux Forum conference Healing the Wounds of the Past (17 - 22 July 2023) aims to ‘create a new relationship with our natural environment’, and we are encouraging all our participants to engage and contribute fully with this inspiring event.
Please note that this event will be held in English (no translation).
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Alan Channer is a project director, documentary film producer, writer and researcher on peacebuilding and the environment. He was a runner-up for the 2019 Bremen International Peace Prize; co-designer of a programme on 'pastoralist-farmer conflict transformation' in Nigeria which won a United Nations Intercultural Innovation Award in 2017; speaker at the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Forum; and producer of the award-winning film,The Imam and the Pastor, which premiered at the United Nations in 2006. Alan is a Senior Fellow of the Global EverGreening Alliance and on the Executive Committee of Initiatives for Land, Lives and Peace. He began his career in tropical agricultural biology, carrying out research in China, Malawi, Tuvalu and Zimbabwe. He has worked on trustbuilding programmes in Cambodia, Chad, Kenya, Nigeria and UK, with UNDP, the US Institute of Peace, Initiatives of Change and other agencies.
ANNA BRACH, Head of Human Security, Geneva Centre for Security Policy (Switzerland)
LOUISE BROWN, Climate Finance Specialist (Namibia)
What past participants said
I have sharpened my skills and knowledge around issues related to the nexus between land, security and climate. This enables me to add value to my work.
Thank you so much for creating the safe space to think through the challenges of environmental security in our world today.
- NGO programme director, UK/Somalia -
A great exchange.
- FAO programme manager, Syria/Turkey -
A fantastic initiative; I am excited by where this is going and the potential to scale up and replicate solutions that have been tested at local level.
- Africa Climate Change Fund Coordinator, African Development Bank -
I take these learnings very close to my heart in everything I do going forward.
- PhD student, Portugal -
The Summer Academy follows a decade-long series of Caux Dialogues on Environment and Security. The workshop is co-organised by the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, Initiatives for Land, Lives and Peace and Triple Capital, in collaboration with the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform.
Photo: Leela Channer