2nd Regional Stakeholder Consultation Workshop on Land

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2nd Regional Stakeholder Consultation Workshop on Land

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29 February 2016

2nd Regional Stakeholder Consultation Workshop on Land

Vientiane, Laos. 25/02/2016

MRLG held its 2nd Regional Stakeholder Consultation Workshop with a wide range of stakeholders from the land sector in the Mekong Region in Vientiane, Laos from February 23rd to 24th.

There was good participation by more than 90 people representing over 50 organisations from 6 countries in South East Asia came to join the Regional Workshop this year.

Co-chair Dr Leeber Leebouapao, Director General of the National Economic Research Institute (NERI) of the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) of Laos, opened the workshop and framed the challenges and opportunities within the Lao context. Dr Leeber drew attention to the challenges arising from land concessions for banana and rubber production as well as from contract farming models and their impact on local livelihoods.

SDC Deputy Country Director to Laos, Mr Martin Hasler elaborated on the innovative design of the MRLG project to create support for learning and networking in the Mekong Region on land governance.

Opportunities for improving policies and practice

In Laos opportunities exist through improved dialogue and awareness raising on the principles of responsible agricultural investment. New opportunities are emerging in Myanmar since the approval of a progressive National Land Use Policy that is creating social and environmental betterment pathways for the poor, particularly for ethnic communities, through the recognition of Customary Tenure. In Cambodia, MRLG and its partners look forward to working more closely with the Ministry of Environment to find opportunities for further strengthening the land tenure situation for local communities through cancelled economic land concessions.

MRLG is addressing similar issues with its partners in Viet Nam where organisations are assisting processes for the reallocation of State Owned Enterprise forest areas to be returned to local communities. In parallel there are activities to build up sustainable forest management capacity of the communities.

What was discussed?

During the workshop the regional Learning and Alliance groups of MRLG came together to discuss the action plan for the coming year and reflect on the work done since project inception.
The three groups are working on Large Scale Land Acquisition, Customary Tenure Recognition and Engaging with the Private Sector and used the Regional Workshop to welcome new members to their alliance broadening the MRLG network as a whole.
The workshop report is expected to be published by the 14th of March. In it you will find all the details about the discussions that took place, the presentations that were given as well as the individual group results and the action plan for the regional MRLG activities.
For more information, please contact Kate Rickersey, Team Leader of MRLG at krickersey@landequity.com.au

Support

The Mekong Region Land Governance Project is co-funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) with support by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and with future contributions by the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs (MFEA) of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.

For soft copy, please download the link below (See page 2 of Vientiane Time article)

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