Video and Posters on Customary Tenure in Myanmar released

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Video and Posters on Customary Tenure in Myanmar released


11 March 2016

The MRLG has produced a video on Customary Tenure in Myanmar, which was first presented to more than 50 participants on the 15th of February 2016, in the workshop on Customary Tenure co-organized with LCG in Yangon.

This 11’ video is based on the combined efforts of 5 civil society organizations and ethnic youth organisations (88 Generation, Point, FLU, KYO & TSYU) to document local Customary Tenure practices in different villages throughout the country, in the States of Shan North, Shan South, Magwe and Kayah, with the support of MRLG. It explains how they implemented the documentation of Customary Tenure practices. The video also explains what customary tenure is, based on the local communities’ point of views and practices, and why CT recognition is important to them. It can be accessed on the following link:

Under the same program, these 5 organisations have also produced posters summarizing their main findings in the communities that they studied. These posters can be downloaded here:


Poster of Customary tenure in Myat Latt village, Magwe division, Myanma Poster of Customary tenure in Nan-Pan village, Southern Shan State, Myanmar


The next step is the production of a guide book for the documentation of customary tenure in Myanmar, targeting local organizations and other interested stakeholders. Since the National Land Use Policy of Myanmar, adopted in January 2016, explicitly supports the recognition of Customary Tenure in the future land law, it is quite important that research on Customary Tenure is developed and allows to describe and compare the different types and modality of CT in the country, and also that the local communities are empowered to defend their rights against potential encroachers or land grabbers.