- Laos moving forward in establishing guidelines for responsible agricultural investment
- Lao National Assembly and Land Information Working Group organize Workshop on Land and Natural Resource management
- Regional perspectives on paralegal models for land conflict resolution in Myanmar
- Three students from Mekong Region get scholarships for a new masters course in Land Governance in Chiang Mai
|September 25, 2017||September 26, 2017||September 27, 2017||September 28, 2017||September 29, 2017||September 30, 2017||October 1, 2017|
|October 2, 2017||October 3, 2017||October 4, 2017||October 5, 2017||October 6, 2017||October 7, 2017||October 8, 2017|
|October 9, 2017||October 10, 2017||October 11, 2017||October 12, 2017||October 13, 2017||October 14, 2017||October 15, 2017|
|October 16, 2017||October 17, 2017||October 18, 2017||October 19, 2017||October 20, 2017||October 21, 2017||October 22, 2017|
|October 23, 2017||October 24, 2017||October 25, 2017||October 26, 2017||October 27, 2017||October 28, 2017||October 29, 2017|
|October 30, 2017||October 31, 2017||November 1, 2017||November 2, 2017||November 3, 2017||November 4, 2017||November 5, 2017|
Vietnam Rubber Firm reaches accord with Ratanakkiri ethnic villages
Another milestone has been reached in the long-running negotiations between indigenous communities in north-eastern Cambodia and Vietnamese rubber firm HAGL.
The Phnom Penh Post reported on July 27 that International Finance Corporation’s watchdog mechanism, the Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO), had facilitated mediations between the 11 eleven indigenous communities and HAGL.
The company has agreed to return to the communities approximately 20 “spirit mountains” and make good on its promise to restore damaged water resources and community infrastructure. This builds on an earlier agreement that the communities reached with the company in September 2015, which resulted in an official reduction of the company’s land concessions by more than half and a permanent halt to the further expansion of its plantations into the ancestral lands and forests of the indigenous peoples in the region.
The current mediation and agreement represents another hard-won step forward for the communities in a protracted struggle with HAGL. Implementation of the agreement and obtaining formal legal recognition from the government will be the next challenging steps.
MRLG has contributed to these efforts in two ways: firstly, through a Quick Disbursement Fund (QDF) grant to Equitable Cambodia, completed in August 2015, and through which Equitable Cambodia and partners provided training in negotiations and advocacy skills to the affected villages; and secondly through direct support to the mediation process under the ‘Follow the Money’ Initiative funded under a 2015 Innovation Fund grant to Inclusive Development International and Equitable Cambodia.
You can read the full Joint Statement on the Dispute Resolution Process here.