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


Pieces of research commissioned and published by the LIWG:

1) Lao Land Concessions, Development for the People? (2007)

The paper aims to provide policy makers with an analysis of information gathered in Laos concerning land concessions, with the aim of assisting them in decision-making. Prepared by Cor. H. Hanssen, CIDSE-Laos.

2) Turning Land into Capital (2007)

A review of recent research on land concessions for investment in Lao PDR

The study summarizes lessons learned and questions raised from previous and ongoing research on land concessions in Lao PDR. Prepared by Mike Dwyer, University of California, Berkeley.

Part 1 – Existing Literature in English / in Lao

Part 2 – Gaps Analysis and Recommendations for Future Research


3) Laos – Planting for the Future (2009)

Environmental and Social Codes of Practice for Industrial Tree Plantations – An Overview

The study maps the principles and process for preparing an environmental and social Code of Practice (CoP) for the industrial tree plantation sector in Laos. Prepared by Sean Foley, EcoAsia Limited.

Volume I – Main Report            Volume II – Annexes


4) Communal Land Titling and Registration Policy Recommendations – Lessons from the Field (2012) 

For the LIWG communal land titling presents an opportunity to increase the tenure security of rural communities, to improve community management of natural resources, and to increase productive use of village land as a key poverty reduction strategy. To support this effort, the LIWG carried out a round of consultations and analysis to address the details of communal titling.

Policy Overview on Community Land Registration and Titling (in English)

Policy Recommendations in English / in Lao


5) Introduction to Lao land issues (2012) 

This document aims to contribute to an understanding of the main developments, trends and opportunities surrounding land, forests and natural resources in Lao PDR, with a focus on current issues in land management and concessions.

The introduction booklet in English / in Lao


6) Land Expropriation for Private Investments/ການໂອນສິດນໍາໃຊ້ທີ່ດິນສໍາລັບການລົງທຶນຂອງເອກະຊົນ (2014)

Recommendations about Land Expropriation for Private Investments to the July 2014 draft National Land Policy.

The recommendation was prepared by  Tenure Security informal focal group of the Land Sub-Sector Working Group

See the recommendation in English and Lao (ພາສາລາວ)


7) Linking Food and Land Tenure Security in the Lao PDR (2016)

This paper provides a review of existing literature regarding the relationship between land
tenure security and food security for rural farming families in the Lao PDR. Its findings help to
understand how rural farming families and communities are more likely to experience greater
agricultural production and increased food security when they are confident in their rights to use and benefit from the land, especially agricultural land that they rely on for growing crops and grazing livestock.

Read the paper in Lao / in English


8) Protected Area Governance and Equitable Access in the Lao PDR (2016)

Protected areas are important tools for achieving biodiversity conservation. This report supports the goals of the Community Management Learning Network, a regional initiative that seeks to work with key actors to conserve biodiversity and sustainably use natural resources while ensuring that they contribute more effectively to the well-being of local people.  It provides recommendations for implementing the concept of equitable access in the governance of protected areas, particularly in the Lao PDR.

Read paper in English and in Lao (ພາສາລາວ)


9) Free Prior Informed Consent (FPIC) video (2017)

Watch video:


10) Files & Presentations from the workshop of Investment in Mekong Region (2017)
towards more Responsible Land-based Investment in Lao PDR: 14th March 2017 at New Rose Hotel, organized by LIWG.


11)  Full version of Legal Calendar of 2017

Legal Calendar has been started to develop since 2009. The goal of legal calendar is the same goal as Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Laos and in international levels to develop communication tool for dissemination legal knowledge on land and natural resource management to public and to the target groups.

See this 2017 calendar in Lao


12) Voluntary Commitments for Responsible Agribusiness in Lao PDR (2017)

Read the paper in Lao and in English


13) Developments in Land Use Planning in Lao PDR since 2009 ( May, 2017)

This study has been commissioned by the Land Information Working Group (LIWG) in order to determine the extent to which Land Use Planning has alleviated poverty in, and strengthened the rights of, rural communities in Lao PDR, and how the positive impacts can be enhanced.

The study was commissioned by LIWG and conducted by Stuart Ling, Independent Consultant.

Read paper in Lao and English


14) Key Recommendations on land issues in the Lao PDR (2017)  

The present key recommendations cover 4 topics being: recognition of customary land tenure rights, expropriation of land for public purposes (right to choose), land lease and concession, and gender equality on land tenure rights. Such recommendations are based on international standards especially the principles of the Voluntary Guidelines on the  Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

This key recommendations paper was developed by LIWG and GIZ Laos.

Read paper in Lao and English.


15) Annex of National Assembly (NA) Workshop September 28-29 September, 2017:

Please find all documents in the folder here or see details below:

  • Agenda of NA Workshop both Lao and English can be downloaded here
  • Voice record of NA Workshop (Lao) can be downloaded here 
  • Video record of NA Workshop (Lao) can be  downloaded here
  • Minutes of NA Workshop both Lao and English can be downloaded here
  • Presentations and related documents during the NA workshop can be downloaded  here 
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