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Just released: 3 New Publications


01 November 2016

MRLG are working with partners in the Mekong Region to capture lessons and knowledge on various land governance issues in the four implementing countries. We are happy to announce the publishing of 3 resulting works:

The Recognition of Customary Tenure in Myanmar


This thematic study, written by Kirsten Ewers Anderson, examines different types of customary tenure systems in Myanmar, which vary depending on history, geography, resource base, ethnicity and social organization. Drawing on examples from various Regions and States, the study shows customary tenure includes not only communal land, but also private plots claimed by individuals or households, such as paddy land or permanent upland crops. The study then examines key opportunities and challenges for the recognition of customary tenure. While the 2016 National Land Use Policy presents a major opportunity to strengthen the legal recognition of customary tenure in Myanmar, interim protection measure are needed to protect the customary land while laws are being developed.

The Recognition and Security of Customary Tenure of Indigenous Peoples in Cambodia: a Legal Perspective


This short thematic study challenges the assumption that the legal framework to recognize and protect indigenous peoples’ (IP) customary lands is adequate and that the main issue lies in its implementation. With support from MRLG, a core group of IP NGOs of the Cambodia Indigenous Peoples Alliance (CIPA) held a series of seminars to scrutinize this legal framework, identify gaps and make recommendations for a revision of the supporting legal framework. The thematic study documents this joint reflection.

Experience of Agribusiness Investment in Lao PRD


This document presents experiences of two agribusiness investors in southern Laos and discusses lessons learned on four topics related to responsible investment: 1) land acquisition, 2) compensation and benefit sharing, 3) community engagement and 4) grievance mechanisms. It is the result of engagement and dialogue involving companies, government, civil society organizations and communities who participated in a study tour.