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Better management of agricultural land needed

Vientiane Times, 24 Jan 2013

Many people have expressed concern about food security in the coming years, as large tracts of rice fields disappear to make way for property development, especially houses and factories, on the urban fringes. With population growth and increasing economic expansion, greater attention is required in regards to managing agricultural land and ensuring food security, which requires more sophisticated monitoring tools.

National Assembly members tackle land disputes

Vientiane Times,  Nov 14, 2012

Thalath, Vientiane province: National Assembly members have called for a new strategy to be put into place when amending the National Land Policy, in an attempt to eradicate legal loopholes relating to land disputes. Speaking during inter-session talks on Monday, National Assembly member for Luang Namtha province, Mr Kongphet Keobuapha, said various options would be explored. The National Land Policy Strategy was the first item on the agenda at the National Assembly’s intersession, which is currently taking place.

Public raise concerns over land rights

Vientiane Times, 12 Oct, 2012

Members of the public have made it clear that land issues are becoming of increasing concern, due to the problem of land development policies that promote the conversion of property into capital. People were given the opportunity to voice their interest and concerns at a consultation meeting on the government’s policies on land and natural resources, which was held at the Lao Women’s Union Training Centre in Vientiane yesterday.

Lao announces dramatic shift in land policy, commits to expand rights of communities, ethnic groups

Science Codex, Aug 28, 2012.

VIENTIANE, LAO PDR (28 August 2012)—During a riveting keynote speech given at a international land and forestry conference in Vientiane today, Dr. Souvanhpheng Bouphanouvong, President of the National Assembly of Lao’s Committee on Economic Planning and Finance, announced the government’s intention to undergo a nationwide formal process of large scale land reform, and prioritize the need for increased local land management, given that access to land for rural households is fundamental to sustained poverty alleviation.

Deputy Prime Minister stresses natural resource development

Vientiane Times, August 9, 2012

Deputy Prime Minister Asang Laoly urged leaders of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to focus on priorities in the development of their areas of responsibility in Laos. Regarding land management, the ministry should improve the policies on land use and land title in line with the law and increase mechanisms and measures for land management in order to reduce problems, he stressed at the meeting on Tuesday in Vientiane.

PM stresses importance of natural resource management

Vientiane Times, July 23, 2012

Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong has urged the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to carry out its role, aimed at protecting national interests and solving citizen’s problems. Mr Thongsing addressed the issues when meeting with the ministry’s leaders and civil servants on Thursday to offer his guidance and advice.

Govt halts new mining projects, land concessions for tree farms

Vientiane Times, June 26, 2012

The government won’t consider any new investment proposals in mining or land concessions for rubber and eucalyptus plantations until December 31, 2015. The slowdown will give the government time to review policies and assess the effectiveness of existing projects. The government will also speed up the survey and allocation of land to identify which areas are suitable for investment, and which areas should be preserved. Minister of Planning and Investment Mr Somdy Duangdy made these observations yesterday when res ponding to concerns raised by National Assembly members after a spate of development projects have encroached on villagers’ land and affected the environment.

Govt needs time to put brakes on land concessions

Vientiane Times, June 1, 2012

The government plans to suspend land concessions but it will take some time to put this into effect, a senior official from the Ministry of Planning and Investment has said. “We have sent the draft of a prime ministerial decree on suspending land concessions to the cabinet for consideration and approval. We won’t be able to stop granting land concessions until the prime minister signs the decree,” Dr Kikeo Chanthabouly told Vientiane Times on Wednesday.

Sustainable land use and ecosystem services come under scrutiny

Vientiane Time, February 17, 2012

The capacity for commercial agriculture plantations to alleviate poverty in rural areas of Laos must increasingly be weighed against the potential impacts on ecosystem services, sustainability of land resources and traditional livelihoods.

The National Economic Research Institute (NERI) yesterday presented the results from a study on the economic valuation of ecosystem services for sustainable land use at a national policy workshop in Vientiane. The case study compared both the financial returns and the environmental costs of different land uses such as non-timber forest products collection, upland rice farming and maize and rubber plantations in Oudomxay province.

National Assembly meets with constituents in Vientiane

Vientiane Times, February 16,2012

Problems related to land use, education, transparency of state bodies and medical ethics are the main concerns raised by the public to the National Assembly (NA). The NA is committed to submitting these issues to the government for resolution to allay the fears of the public.

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