The conference will bring together experiences and lessons from around the world to reflect on the multiple ways in which different actors have sought to maintain and defend the commons, as well as the challenges and opportunities faced by the commons in the 21st century.

We aim to provide scholars, practitioners, and policymakers with a forum to debate the contemporary role of the commons in a globalized world. Common property is a critical factor in order to address pressing challenges such as climate change, sustainability in light of growing inequality, gender imbalances and impending scarcity.

Held in South America, a region characterized by its high biodiversity (in the Andes, the Amazon, and the Coastal/Oceans areas), highly diverse and stratified populations (in ethnic, cultural, racial, and class terms), and a marked tendency for ‘extractive’ development logics coexisting with multiple forms of indigenous and afro-descendant governance of their territories, the conference will pay attention to the role of collective action in shaping how the commons are created, maintained, and recovered.

This is an especially timely exploration in light of the different economic, environmental, political, and social agendas intersecting the commons, providing social movements with both challenges and opportunities for action. The conference will offer an opportunity to share lessons from Latin America’s commons and compare global experiences to identify paths forward in urban, rural and virtual spaces for mutual learning.

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