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01 Juin 2021
Session Summaries: Mekong Regional Land Forum 2021
Session Summaries: Mekong Regional Land Forum 2021

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Customary and Collective Forest Tenure in the Mekong Region

26 Mai 2021
Daniel Hayward

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.
 

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Trends in customary and collective forest tenure recognition in the Mekong region

26 Mai 2021
Daniel Hayward

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. 

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Looking at the future of customary rights in the forest landscapes of the Mekong region

27 Mai 2021
Daniel Hayward

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.

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Strengthening the land rights of local communities and women in forest areas

26 Mai 2021
Daniel Hayward

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.

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Setting the scene: What are the RAI principles and how do they apply to Mekong forest landscapes?

27 Mai 2021
Daniel Hayward

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.

 

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