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Figure 8: Clearing jungle for more profitable rubber trees - Muang Sing, Lao PDR (by Houston Marsh)
18 May 2021
South-Eastern Asia
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Laos
Malaysia
Thailand
Vietnam

 

La tenencia consuetudinaria se encuentra con las inversiones agrícolas responsables

Boletín de Perspectivas País N.1 /   Mayo 2021

 

Victoria Tauli-Corpuz
27 May 2021
Authors: 
Mr. Daniel Hayward
Cambodia
Laos
Myanmar
Vietnam
Southern Asia

In some closing words to the Forum, Vicky Tauli-Corpuz (UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, United Nations) applauded the attention given to customary land tenure. For communities there has always been a struggle for their practices to be acknowledged, despite the fact that these existed long before the arrival of state governments. She found much promise in some of the legal work taking place in the Mekong region.

Vietnam (credit: Thinh Hoang Hai)
27 May 2021
Authors: 
Mr. Daniel Hayward
Cambodia
Laos
Myanmar
Vietnam
Southern Asia

The second day of the Forum built upon discussions around customary land tenure in the Mekong region, but with a focus upon private sector investment practices, particularly concerning agriculture and the potential impact on smallholder farmers, the rural poor, and the environment.

 

Vietnam (credit: Thinh Hoang Hai)
27 May 2021
Authors: 
Mr. Daniel Hayward
Cambodia
Laos
Myanmar
Vietnam
Southern Asia

The third session of the Forum explored the nature of FPIC (Free, Prior and Informed Consent) and how it fits into the Mekong landscape, using case studies from a Vietnamese coffee project, and a company seeking land for eucalyptus plantations in Lao PDR.
 

Presentation 1

Vietnam (credit: Thinh Hoang Hai)
26 May 2021
Authors: 
Mr. Daniel Hayward
Cambodia
Laos
Myanmar
Vietnam
Southern Asia

The second session of the 3rd Mekong Regional Land Forum explored some of the regional and global trends in protecting local user rights in forests. In particular, it looked at some of the regional programs in social forestry and how these attempt to draw a balance between community needs and other demands for conservation, and exploitation for timber and non-timber resources. 

Vietnam (credit: Thinh Hoang Hai)
26 May 2021
Authors: 
Mr. Daniel Hayward
Cambodia
Laos
Myanmar
Vietnam
Southern Asia

The task of opening a large event is never easy. Within a short space of time, you need to set out a clear agenda, freshening the perspective of the viewer, and then clear the decks for discussion to move forwards rather than retread old ground. Following some introductory greetings from Jean-François Cuénod of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Micah Ingalls (Team Leader MRLG) took up the challenge.

Vietnam (credit: Thinh Hoang Hai)
26 May 2021
Authors: 
Mr. Daniel Hayward
Cambodia
Laos
Myanmar
Vietnam
Southern Asia

The first session of the 3rd Mekong Regional Land Forum looked to clarify an understanding of customary land tenure systems, and bring a focus upon communities living in and around forestland areas of the Mekong region. The session observed some of the policy developments that could lead to greater recognition of customary tenure and land security for community members.
 

3rd Mekong Regional Land Forum: Forum Replay
26 May 2021
South-Eastern Asia
Cambodia
Laos
Myanmar
Thailand
Vietnam

Summaries and selected replays from the 3rd Mekong Regional Land Forum are available below. Full replays of the plenary sessions will be posted shortly -- check back soon!

Thinh Hoang Hai
21 May 2021
Authors: 
Rob Cole
China
Cambodia
Laos
Myanmar
Vietnam
Southern Asia

The impacts of agribusiness and plantation investments on the forests of the Mekong region have been widely documented. Taken together, much of this evidence paints a picture of global economic forces bearing down on fragile ecosystems and ethnically diverse communities of smallholder farmers. What emerges is a set of well-known trade-offs – agricultural investments can bring livelihood improvements and benefits to smallholders, but also multiple risks to people and landscapes.

24 May 2021
Authors: 
Dr. Jana Herold
Cambodia
Laos
Myanmar
Vietnam
Global

In the Mekong region, agriculture (including forestry and fisheries) employs over 43% of the population and contributes to around 16% to the regional GDP, making it an important sector for investment. Agricultural investment can be key to support economic growth, enhance food security and nutrition and reduce poverty, thereby contributing to the Agenda 2030. Yet, this investment must be responsible to generate sustainable benefits.

24 May 2021
Authors: 
Louisa J.M. Jansen
Cambodia
Laos
Myanmar
Vietnam

The recognition of customary tenure systems and responsible land-based investments that safeguard legitimate tenure rights and right holders are the interconnected main themes for mainstreaming the principles and internationally recognized good practices of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (VGGT) in Cambodia, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Myanmar and Viet Nam.

24 May 2021
Authors: 
Louisa J.M. Jansen
Cambodia
Laos
Myanmar
Vietnam

To better understand key land tenure terms and their meaning, four bilingual glossaries have been prepared with the title "The ABC of land tenure - Key terms and their meaning with a focus on the Voluntary Guidelines and the Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security".

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