Working towards greater community control over land, forests and natural resources

Affected citizens speak of land use problems caused by concessions

Tractors ploughing the land in the villages in Paksong, Champasak.

Allocating land to commercial investment projects can potentially offer improved access to services and expansion of employment opportunities for local communities. However, if environmental and social safeguards and natural resource governance systems are not fully in place the risk of negative impacts is high.

Two Lao language audio files are available to listen where affected citizens speak of problems they are facing after village lands were granted to concessions. Both files have been recorded  in a Lao National Radio (103.7) program.

Villager describes land conflict (October 2011) 

Villager from Thatheng, Sekong province, describes how the community’s livelihoods have been altered after the village land was taken over by a rubber plantation in 2006. The community has tried to seek improvement for their situation since then.

Communities affected by FDI claim their lands back (January 2012)

Representatives from four villages in Paksong, Champasak, claim their lands back after being affected by a foreign investment coffee plantation in 2010. According to the villagers, the agreement between the company, the province and the communities is for 150 ha but the land occupied by the company is over 1.000 ha leaving no space for villagers to cultivate food crops.

 

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