Mekong Region Land Governance Project initiated its activities in Myanmar in June 2014. These activities are facilitated and coordinated by Mr Yadana Than Haik. In October 2014, a National Stakeholders Consultation Workshop was then organized to inform local players about MRLG funding mechanisms, in particular the QDF, and activities, to give them the opportunity to build together a consensus for future strategies. They choose three thematic areas for engagement under the “learning and Advocacy” mechanism: conflict resolution mechanism, customary communal tenure, and private sector engagement (postponed to following year)
Customary Communal Tenure:
Since June 2015, the Customary Communal Tenure (CCT) group, formed by 6 organisations representing 4 ethnic states, led by 88 Generation and LCG, has been conducting field studies on existing customary practices in the country.
The members of this group (9 organisations) led by GPI, are learning together how to document case studies with proper tools and methods from which in a second phase can be extracted successful resolution mechanisms. These two national L&As will also link up with Regional L&A accordingly.
Representatives from Myanmar CSOs and Government also joined the Regional Stakeholders Consultation Workshop March 2015 in Bangkok and shared their experiences with regional participants on the two main topics.
A Quick Disbursement Fund (QDF) was disbursed to LCG and Loka Ahlin to carry out the public pre-consultation on draft National Land Use Policy in November. The applicants collected public concerns and feedback to inform the Policy.