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Govt seeks ways to resolve land conflict issues

Source: Vientiane Times, August 31, 2017

http://www.vientianetimes.org.la/sub-new/Current/Curr_Govt202.htm

Government officials met in Vientiane yesterday to discuss solutions to land conflict issues across the country with the aim of improving land management and preventing the misuse of land.

The meeting of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment was attended by the Minister, Mr Sommad Pholsena, and other stakeholders from around the country.

Over the past year, there has been widespread misuse of forested and public land. The price of land has continued to rise, especially in cities.

Govt officials discuss land management and development

Source: Vientiane Times, August 16, 2017

http://www.vientianetimes.org.la/FreeContent/FreeConten_Govt.htm

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment is focusing on land management and development around the country with aims to better manage land and prevent spread out land use.

Over the past year, land use was still extravagant because the master plan of national land management is not finished yet.

Meanwhile, the price of land is continuing to rise, especially land in the city areas.

It’s causing an issue related to land management and use.

Laos Plans to Allow Foreigners to Purchase Land in Controversial Move

RFA, 30 Oct 2014

Laos is to allow foreign investors to purchase land under a proposed law which some groups say would discriminate against locals and threaten national sovereignty. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment is drafting an amendment to a land law allowing foreigners to purchase land for investments of at least U.S. $500,000 in the country, a high-ranking ministry official told RFA’s Lao Service.

Attapeu folk continue to unearth alabaster despite ban

Vientiane Times, 23 Oct 2014

The high sale price of alabaster has brought local people flocking to Phoukanghong Mountain in Attapeu province, where they have been digging up blocks of the mineral to sell, despite a government ban on its removal. Locals told Vientiane Times yesterday that villagers were continuing to remove the rocks illegally and with great enthusiasm, as if celebrating a festival.

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