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News & Events Pathways to Customary Land & Forest Rights in the Mekong
Pathways to Customary Land & Forest Rights in the Mekong
Pathways to Customary Land & Forest Rights in the Mekong
Customary Land & Forest Rights in the Mekong
1 Julio 2024
Customary Land & Forest Rights in the Mekong

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Recognition of customary tenure in the forest landscapes of the Mekong region

Policy Papers & Briefs
Abril, 2024
South-Eastern Asia
Cambodia
Laos
Myanmar
Vietnam

The policy brief, one of four briefs on the agrarian transition in the Mekong region, explores initiatives and pathways forward to recognise customary tenure arrangements and rights over forest areas in the region. More than 70 million people in the region depend on forest areas but lack formal legal rights to use, manage, and benefit from them. Forest landscapes represent just under half of the region’s total land. Yet, over the past two decades, the region has lost a significant amount of forest due to the expansion of commercial agriculture.

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The Recognition and Formalization of Customary Tenure in the Forest Landscapes of the Mekong Region: A Polanyian Perspective

Peer-reviewed publication
Marzo, 2023
South-Eastern Asia
Cambodia
Laos
Myanmar
Vietnam
 

 Commodity-driven deforestation and forest conservation efforts in the Mekong region have placed multiple pressures on community-based resource systems, undermining tenure security and livelihoods. In response, several initiatives have been mobilized by states, communities, and civil society organizations which aim to recognize and formalize customary forest tenure rights.