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Land lies at the center of debates about Cambodia’s socio-economic development. Despite urbanization tendencies, agriculture remains the main source of income for over three quarter of the population. For farmers in the fertile lowlands, private land ownership rights have enabled recovery of their livelihoods after decades of violent conflict. Meanwhile, the resource-rich uplands and border areas have been the site of large-scale land acquisitions for cash crop production and extractive industries. 
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Land Area
17,652,000 ha
GDP/Capita
3,869.5 USD

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Courting justice: when legal challenges to corporate land grabs go wrong

11 August 2021

In July 2021, a French court ruled against a group of Indigenous Bunong farmers from Mondulkiri in Northeastern Cambodia. Represented by French Laywer Fiodor Rilov, and with civil society support, the group accused the French Bolloré Group and their subsidiary company, Compagnie du Cambodge …

Is Cambodia’s thirst for sand putting communities and the Mekong at risk?

30 July 2021

The Cambodian government is embarking on a number of ambitious development projects, which critics say come at the expense of the environment and people’s livelihoods Main photo: Sophea Soung has been cultivating vegetables – such as this water mimosa – in Phnom Penh’s Tompoun Lake for over a…

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Customary practices undermine principles of joint ownership in male-headed households and gender-biased norms often prevent women from exercising or claiming their rights to the land.

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Deforestation in Cambodia: A story of land concessions, migration and resource exploitation

24 September 2021

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3rd Mekong Regional Land Forum 2021

3rd Mekong Regional Land Forum

   Home       Agenda       Speakers      Voices       REGISTER!        State of Land in the Mekong Region        Land tenure in Mekong forest landscapes: advancing the recognition of customary rights and responsible investment practices Online  26-27 May 2021 Recent global disruptions…