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Thailand has a long-standing continuity to its legal framework with a significant amount of its land held under private titles. This reflects the country’s unique position in mainland Southeast Asia, having never been formally colonised and without experiencing a socialist revolution. These factors contribute towards a predominance of smallholder farming, with few large-scale agricultural land investments found in the country.     
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Pinnapa Pruksapan speaking at a panel discussion during a memorial event for Porlajee on 23 April.

Murdered activist’s widow requests continued witness protection

28 May 2023

Pinnapa Pruksapan, widow of murdered indigenous land rights activist Porlajee Rakchongcharoen, has requested continued protection for her and her family.

 A fisherman drives his boat past dead trees that slid into the Mekong River during a riverbank collapse

Thai farmers near Mekong lose land as riverbanks collapse

13 February 2023

Questions mount over the Xayaburi Dam’s changes to water and sediment flows as the river swallows farmers’ land.

Carbon credit plan meets flak

19 September 2022

Thailand: Climate change strategy gives too much power to big corporations at the expense of local communities.



Thai statutory law asserts equal rights for women and men over the ownership, use and inheritance of private property. In one respect, this works to the detriment of women, since Thailand has a traditional matrilocal system of land tenure. 

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Data story: data compatibility in linking land degradation and tenure security

Data Compatibility in Linking Land Degradation and Tenure Security

11 October 2022

This data story investigates the challenges to align action on land degradation and tenure security based on the screening of available datasets in both domains.

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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…