Pieces of research commissioned and published by the LIWG:
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.
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.
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.
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.
6) Linking Food and Land Tenure Security in the Lao PDR
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.
7) Protected Area Governance and Equitable Access in the Lao PDR
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
8) Free Prior Informed Consent (FPIC) video
9) Files & Presentations from the workshop of Investment in Mekong Region
towards more Responsible Land-based Investment in Lao PDR: 14th March 2017 at New Rose Hotel, organized by LIWG.
- IPD PPT for LIWG 14 March 2017 by MPI
- Draft of Investment Promotion Law_1.2.2017
- Dwyer 2017-03-14 – LIWG workshop presentation slides
- Investment on land – lessons learnt in Lao
- Presentation on Investment in Mekong Region_14March2017
- Presentation of Mr Bualery – Copy
10) 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
11) Voluntary Commitments for Responsible Agribusiness in Lao PDR (2017)
12) 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.
13) 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.