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Workshop on Land and Natural Resource Management for NA and PPA members

Source: Phouthan Pasaxon Newspaper, Issue 1st – 4th October 2017

(NA) To strengthen deep understanding on Land and Natural Resource Management, Legislative Research Institute of National Assembly organized workshop on “Knowledge and Experience Sharing with the National Assembly/Provincial People councils’ members on Land and Natural Resource Management” at International Convention Training Center (ICTC), Vientiane from 28-29 October 2017. The workshop was chaired by Dr Khampheuy Panmalaythong, the president of Legislative Research Institute of National Assembly, Laos. There were totally 153 participants from National Assembly’s members, Provincial People Assembly ’ members, President – Vice president of the NA committees, President -Vice president of different departments, centers, officials from National Assembly, The acting director general of Legislation Department from Ministry National Resource and Environment, representatives of relevant ministries, representatives from Village Focus International (VFI), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and Community Association for Mobilizing Knowledge in Development (CAMKID)/Oxfam attended this workshop.

This workshop aims to support the contribution of National Assembly’s members and Provincial People Councils’ members to the draft of land law (revised), land leases and concession process through discussion forum within different stakeholders; strengthen the role of National Assembly, Provincial People Assembly  and Civil Society Organizations for monitoring the land law and policies related to land implementation more effectively; to create the space for building knowledge and exchange the experiences on land and natural resource management to members of the National Assembly and Provincial People Assembly, and officials from different NA committees.

During  the workshop,  there were presentations on Resolution Of the Party’s Central Committee On the Enhancement of Land Management and Development in New Period, and  the draft of land law (revised) by representative from Legislation Department, Ministry of Natural Resource and Environment; the Customary land tenure rights and local land management by the Village Focus International (VFI); the Land leases and concession: Compensation and Expropriation by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO); and  Sharing some lessons learnt of collaboration between local authorities and Community Association for Mobilizing Knowledge in Development by (CAMKID)/Oxfam.

(Sonesak Vanhvixay)

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Notes (out of the news, by Admin): Besides the organizations mentioned above, some organizations who are LIWG’s members also attended this workshop. This workshop was co-organized by Legislative Research Institute of National Assembly and Land Information Working Group(LIWG).

This workshop was funded by various donors such as Mekong Regional Land Governance (MRLG), SDC (Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation), German Cooperation and GIZ Laos, Oxfam, FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) and European Union (EU).

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