We are organizing two sessions along the theme of “Clandestine and Illicit Economies as Drivers of Land System Dynamics” at the 4th Open Science Meeting (OSM) of the Global Land Programme in Bern, Switzerland, April 24-26, 2019. These sessions’ objectives are to delve into how clandestine and illicit transactions – i.e., economic/capital exchanges involving land that are intentionally hidden or non-public because they break formal laws – influence land system dynamics, and how best to advance policy and governance interventions into illicit transactions.
The two session are as follows:
1) Research session: “Clandestine and Illicit Economies as Drivers of Land System Dynamics”
The importance of clandestine and illicit economies as drivers of land system dynamics is becoming more widely recognized. Yet, causally linking these activities and their associated capital flows to land system state and transformation remains difficult, and challenges attempts to conceptualize, detect, and study clandestine and illicit economies as land system components comparable to legal economic activities. This session will seek submissions that explore 1) how clandestine and illicit economies support or threaten land systems (OSM Theme 1), and/or 2) how Land System Science (LSS) perspectives and approaches can be used to gain insights into how clandestine and illicit economies operate (OSM Theme 3).
2) Innovative and Immersive session: “Policy and Governance of Illicit and/or Clandestine Transactions and Land-Use Changes”
This immersive session invites a range of practitioners and watchdog organizations to reflect on the role of science in informing policy on this topic, and present what they see as the types of evidence and/or research required to better govern harmful effects of illicit capital flows and/or clandestine transactions on people and nature. Panelists will be invited to comment on key questions and the policy relevance (or lack thereof) of the research in the preceding panel on the same topic, as well as field audience questions to discuss this important issue. This innovative/immersive session supports OSM theme 3 by proposing steps forward in supporting transformation regarding this global challenge.
Please find the Call for Abstracts for each session attached.
Submission of abstracts: https://www.conftool.com/osm2019/index.php?page=submissions
Submission deadline: October 30th, 2018
We look forward to receiving your abstracts for a session by October 30th and seeing you at the OSM.
Beth Tellman and Nicholas Magliocca