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LIWG photo exhibition open until 7 November at the French Institute

Harvesting peppers in Luang Namtha Province, Northern Laos.

Harvesting peppers in Phongsaly Province, Northern Laos. Photo by Andrew Bartlett (2012).

In conjunction with the Asia Europe People’s Forum (AEPF), the Land Issues Working Group organises a photo exhibition at the French Institute, Vientiane, under the title “Natural Development – Growing in Equity or Growing Inequity?”. The exhibition is free of charge and remains open until 7 November, 2012.

LIWG welcomes the mining moratorium on new projects introduced in Laos

Australia Network News, July 5, 2012

PHOTO: A Lao woman uproots rice seedlings in a paddy field. (Reuters)

The Lao government has announced a moratorium for 4 years on new mining investments and the granting of concessions for rubber plantations due to environmental and social concerns. It will allow land surveys and assessments to be made. Chairman of the NGO network, the Land Issues Working Group, Nishan Disanayake has told Radio Australia’s Connect Asia program it supports the government’s decision, but says it should also include projects that have been approved, but haven’t started. “The government’s state land concession inventory study showed that for one province 50 per cent of the projects improved had not yet been implemented, he said. “If that is an indication, I would strongly suggest that the government considers bring a halt to further clearing of land during this period inorder to prevent villages losing their land and forest.”

Laos halts new investment, land concessions

Myanmar Times, July 2 – 8, 2012

HANOI – Laos will not allow any new investments in mining or grant further land concessions for rubber plantations until 2015 at the earliest due to concerns about land encroachment, state media said on June 26. The government will examine existing investment policies and assess ongoing projects, the Vientiane Times said, adding that authorities would also review the environmental and social impact of major development projects. “We approved large plots of land without looking into the details, like what land belonged to the state and which belonged to local people,” the paper quoted Minister of Planning and Investment Somdy Duangdy as saying.

Laos issues its first communal forest land titles: National workshop discusses lessons learnt

The LIWG Communal Land Titling workshop gathered together a variety of public, private and civil society organisations.

Forest Carbon Asia, November 10, 2011

In recent landmark developments, Laos issued its first communal forest land titles on an NGO development project site. Mr. Chanthaviphone Inthavong of the National Land Management Authority laid out the background and government plans for land titling including communal titling, while local government agencies presented their experiences from the case study. Next steps?

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