Government, CSO and private sector engage in constructive dialogue on land conflict resolution in Cambodia

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Government, CSO and private sector engage in constructive dialogue on land conflict resolution in Cambodia


07 June 2016

Sharing and Learning Workshop on
“Collective Learning on Land Conflict Resolution in Cambodia”

26–27 May 2016
STAR Kampuchea (SK), Analyzing Development Issues Centre (ADIC) and Cambodian Women Media Center (WMC) with the support of MRLG held their final workshop as part of the MRLG Learning and Alliance (L&A) initiative on the 26th and 27th of May 2016 in Phnom Penh. On this L&A, the three organizations in collaboration also with other concerned stakeholders including CSOs, government agencies, development partners, companies, community, and academia have been documenting and sharing case studies on the land conflict resolution through carefully selected practical cases.

On the agenda were eight different sessions, altering presentation time with Q&A and panel discussions, video presentation and knowledge exchanges through world café and storytelling. Each session has focused on a specific topic:

  • Causes of Land Conflicts in Cambodia
  • Land Conflict Resolution Mechanism
  • Land governance World Café: What is for you the main concern on land governance? What is the priority to improve land governance?
  • Storytelling on Land Conflict Resolutions
  • Law Enforcement Related to Land Management in Cambodia
  • Land Conflict Prevention

More than one hundred participants participated the two days, there was quite more participants than expected. Moreover, the participants had had many different backgrounds, ensuring that rich multi-stakeholder dialogues on land conflict resolution could be happen.

The participants included High level policy makers including  two deputy governors of the Pursat Province (H.E. Pich Horn) and Bantheay Meanchey province (H.E. Ly Sary) and the chief of multi-sectorial department of Svay Rieng province (Mr. Eoung Bora). All of them have actively participated on the exchanges the two days. Mr. Srey Vuthy, director of the planning and statistics department of MAFF asked the workshop participants to address their questions to him during the panel sessions.

From the Private Sector Side, the General Manager of Plantation Department, Mong Reththy Investment Cambodia Oil Palm Co., Ltd. plantation (Mr. It Nop), also spent the full two days on the workshop to learn about other stakeholder perceptions.

At the final speech, the deputy governor of Banteay Meanchey province has declared his high appreciation about this kind of event and he wished that this should be organized once or twice a year. He also would like to see other provincial governors to be invited and start participatory exchanges on land conflict resolution in order to improve the land governance situation in Cambodia.

The workshop will be documented in English and Khmer and will be soon shared to the participants for comments and reference, as well as the written case studies and the video documentaries produced by WMC.