First Announcement - MANILA, PHILIPPINES | 20-22 FEBRUARY 2017
Every year millions of people are displaced in Asia due to the development of dams, infrastructure, mining, agriculture, and forestry. Governments are displacing millions of urban dwellers in order to make way for the development of mega-cities and to mitigate disaster risk. There is much evidence that many of the people displaced by large projects experience reduced wellbeing. In the past, little attention was given to livelihood or impoverishment issues. Now there is increasing acceptance that resettlement needs to be planned as a development opportunity, especially in the context of the adoption of the Sustainable Development goals to eliminate extreme poverty by 2030.
The challenge is to consider how to develop large projects in countries with rapidly expanding populations while enhancing the livelihoods of local communities.
Symposium participants will discuss key learnings on resettlement and livelihoods on urban and rural resettlement projects in Asia. The symposium aims to engage resettlement practitioners in Asia to explore an interest in creating a sustained virtual network that will exist beyond the symposium, thus allowing for a longer-term dialogue on resettlement and livelihoods issues, contributing to on-going capacity building in the region.
From 10 October through 21 November, papers and posters are invited on the topics and sessions listed online. Accepted papers and posters with the primary author registered by 19 December 2016 will be listed in the final program. To submit an abstract, follow the instructions at www.iaia.org > Resettlement Symposium > Submissions. All submissions should be in English.