New publication of Capitalization Note “Innovative Approach to Land Conflict Transformation”

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capitalization note

New publication of Capitalization Note “Innovative Approach to Land Conflict Transformation”

08 August 2016

In the Mekong region, conflicts between local communities and large scale land concessions
are widespread. They are often difficult to solve. In Cambodia, an innovative approach to
conflict resolution was tested in a case involving a private company, Hoang Anh Gia Lai
(HAGL), and several indigenous communities who lost some of their customary lands and
forests when the company obtained a concession to grow rubber in the Province of
Ratanakiri. The approach was developed by CSOs Equitable Cambodia (EC) and Inclusive
Development International (IDI) with the support of QDF funding from MRLG. It involved a
combination of international pressure on the companies focussing on their financial support
and shareholding structure, to request that they respect international standards in terms of
land acquisition and support affected communities so that they can substantiate their claims
and negotiate properly with the company. This process has led to significant results and the
company has committed to return a substantial part of its ELC to communities (13,720 ha).
The publication presented here describes the process that led to these results and analyses
the lessons learned, including the conditions under which such approach could be replicated
elsewhere. This Capitalization Note was produced jointly by MRLG, EC and IDI with the
support of Dr Courtney Work, an independent expert who was contracted to write the study
based on available documentation and interviews.
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