Government and civil society seek to accelerate indigenous communal land registration in Cambodia

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Government and civil society seek to accelerate indigenous communal land registration in Cambodia


01 August 2016

NGO Forum on Cambodia and partners gathered around 125 people for a two-day national workshop in Siem Reap on 19-20 July 2016 at Angkor Miracle Hotel to reflect and discuss their experience, more particularly focusing on the challenges of systematic land registration (SLR) and indigenous communal land titling (CLT). The workshop was a multi- stakeholder platform for the government, development partners, academia, NGOs, and communities to update the current situation, raise their concerns and challenges with regard to SLR and CLT and participate in an in-depth discussion on technical solution for speeding up or strengthening the technical process of land registration. Representatives from the government include the ministry of land management, urban planning, and construction (MLMUPC), the ministry of interior (MOI), the ministry of rural development (MRD), and relevant authorities from seven provinces.

Over the two days, the participants had exchanged their questions and views on SLR and CLT and participated in group discussion to agree on the key challenges and solutions with regard to SLR and CLT process. In response to addressing challenges for CLT process in particular, the three ministries (MLMUPC, MOI, MRD) agreed in principle to have more follow up meetings among themselves and CSOs. NGO Forum will coordinate the meeting. To facilitate that process, a summary report of the national workshop will be produced and submitted to relevant ministries and stakeholders for reference and further analysis.

As contribution, MRLG supported the participation of some CIPA members and assisted the documentation and report of the national workshop. CIPA (Cambodia Indigenous Peoples Alliance) is an alliance of eight IP organizations that MRLG has worked with from last year to promote the learning on the recognition and security of customary tenure of the indigenous peoples in Cambodia.