Wildlife rescue center and environmentalists call for clarity over development plans for the Phnom Tamao Forest.
Chronicling ongoing rights abuses by Myanmars most powerful actors against minority groups.
Somsack Pongkhao Inspection authorities are concerned about State land that has been unlawfully sold by some district and village authorities over the past decades. The loss of State-owned land will make it difficult for the government to develop mega projects, including infrastructure and public spaces, since many of the plots that have been sold have […]
They are now seeking indigenous collective land status to protect themselves from being displaced by future development.
The Indigenous People Network and civil society organisations yesterday asked the government to speed up registration of indigenous collective lands.
In commemoration of LaoFAB’s 10th anniversary, the top 25 most popular research papers and reports in its repository have been made public. The list is dominated by studies of land concessions and food security.
Thai government plans to allocate about 195,000 rai of state land in 47 provinces for landless poor so they will have a land plot to build a living quarter and to make a living. Government spokesman said that the government intends to narrow the gap of social disparity by distributing land plots in degraded forest, public land, land for land reform project to the landless poor.
Up to 2.5 billion people depend on indigenous and community lands, which make up over 50 percent of the land on the planet; they legally own just one-fifth. The remaining five billion hectares remain unprotected and vulnerable to land grabs from more powerful entities like governments and corporations. There is growing evidence of the vital role played by full legal ownership of land by indigenous peoples and local communities in preserving cultural diversity and in combating poverty and hunger, political instability and climate change. The importance of protecting and expanding indigenous and community ownership of land has been a key element in the negotiations of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on climate change, and is central to their successful implementation. This report launches a Global Call to Action on Indigenous and Community Land Rights, backed by more than 300 organizations all over the world. It is a manifesto of solidarity with the ongoing struggles of indigenous peoples and local communities seeking to secure their land rights once and for all.
Prime Minister Hun Sen on Thursday declared an end to the government’s review of Cambodia’s economic land concessions (ELCs), pledging that nearly 1 million hectares of reappropriated property would be handed over to poor families. He also announced a major reorganization of the two ministries involved in granting ELCs.
Environmental and human rights groups have identified ELCs as a cause of some of Cambodia’s most pressing problems in recent years, from rampant deforestation to forced evictions across the country.