On 28 April, 2017, Village Focus International (VFI) organized the QDF (Quick Disbursement Fund) project Wrap-up and showcase workshop. The meeting was organized in outdoor zone of Village Focus International office, and presented about the consultation communication tools for improving Land Acquisition Processes in line with FPIC (Free Prior and Informed Consent) standards that was a joint effort between different civil society organisations and an agro-forestry company, and was led by VFI, Stora Enso Laos (SEL), RECOFTC Laos, LIFE Consortium. The project was supported by Mekong Region Land Governance (MRLG) project. In this meeting also opened space for attendee to discuss and ask questions to the team from VFI, RECOFTC Laos and representative from agro-forestry project, Stora Enso Laos.
The highlight of the meeting was about the consultation communication tools that the team have produced to use for engaging with villagers to help them better understand about the land acquisition process and about the company’s proposed agro-forestry project. The team also provided training and coaching to the company, and all the communication tools such as posters and videos are used by the company when they are engaging with the different communities surrounding the projects area.
This is a good move to show on how companies and civil society organisations can work together, and how companies can implement good business practices to engage with communities where they will establish their projects.
Learn more about:
QDF project: http://publications.mrlg.org/grant-facility/qdf/
Stora Enso Laos: http://biomaterials.storaenso.com/news/trees-food-and-bombs-in-laos