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The Commons and Resource Rights

November 4, 2011 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Ullswater, Silver PointCan a commons framework be used to protect the resource rights of local communities? Join us for this talk in which Maude Barlow will discuss the major campaign spearheaded by her organization to establish the Great Lakes as a public commons. Using this campaign as a case, Maude will explain how using the commons framework can help to protect the rights of local communities to their resources, what has been learned from this specific campaign, and how she views the connections between a commons framework and a rights-based approach.

Maude Barlow is the National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians, and she has served as Senior Advisor on Water to the President of the UN General Assembly. Maude is also the co-founder of the Blue Planet Project, which works internationally for the human right to water, and is board chair of the Washington DC-based organization Food & Water Watch.

Participation via tele-conference will be available. Please RSVP to Lela at for details on how to join the call or for more information.


November 4, 2011
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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1301 Connecticut Avenue, NW, 6th Floor
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