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Mekong Land Research Forum: Annual country reviews 2020-21
Policy Papers & Briefs
February 2021
South-Eastern Asia
Cambodia
Laos
Myanmar
Thailand
Vietnam

The Annual Country Reviews reflect upon current land relations in the Mekong Region, and has been produced for researchers, practitioners and policy advocates operating in the field. Specialists have been selected from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam to briefly answer the following two questions:

Reports & Research
August 2020
Indonesia
Cambodia
Laos
Myanmar
Malaysia
Philippines
Thailand
Vietnam
South-Eastern Asia

Forests play a crucial role in the fight against global climate change. The communities that live in and around forests are well-placed to carry out climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) recognizes that social forestry enables communities to manage forests sustainably.

Reports & Research
July 2020
Cambodia

More than one million people across Phnom Penh are facing the risk of increased flooding and over one thousand more families are at risk of evictions, loss of income and food insecurity as the ING City project and other unsustainable developments destroy the Tompoun/Cheung Ek wetlands in the capital’s south.

Policy Papers & Briefs
June 2020
Cambodia

Garment workers in Cambodia have been devastated by the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Years of chronically low pay in the sector have forced workers to rely on debt – most of which is provided by microfinance institutions (MFIs) and collateralised by borrowers’ land titles – to meet their basic needs.

Reports & Research
June 2020
Cambodia

Eviction and relocation are longstanding issues that have had severe consequences for poor communities in Phnom Penh. The right to housing is a fundamental human right, and one that is often ignored throughout the eviction and relocation process.

Institutional & promotional materials
May 2020
Indonesia
Cambodia
Laos
Myanmar
Malaysia
Nepal
Thailand
Vietnam
South-Eastern Asia

Read RECOFTC’s digital annual report, “Building resilience through community forestry

Peer-reviewed publication
March 2020
Indonesia
Cambodia
Papua New Guinea

Social and environmental safeguards are now commonplace in policies and procedures that apply to certain kinds of foreign investment in developing countries. Prominent amongst these is the principle of free, prior and informed consent (FPIC), which is commonly tied to policies and procedures relating to investments that have an impact on ‘indigenous peoples’.

Journal Articles & Books
February 2020
Cambodia
Laos
Myanmar
Thailand
Vietnam

Labor migration and large-scale land enclosures are increasingly central to the story of agrarian change throughout the Global South. Nonetheless, there remain limited understandings of how recent explosions of mobile labor and new sources of smallholder capital shape and are shaped by ongoing land use and property transformations.

Policy Papers & Briefs
February 2020
Indonesia
Cambodia
Laos
Myanmar
Malaysia
Nepal
Philippines
Thailand
Vietnam
South-Eastern Asia

This policy brief discusses the opportunities and challenges facing social forestry in Southeast Asia and recommends that ASEAN Member States, universities and international research organizations mainstream participatory action research (PAR) in social forestry to overcome these challenges and maximize these opportunities. 

Policy Papers & Briefs
February 2020
Indonesia
Cambodia
Laos
Myanmar
Malaysia
Philippines
Thailand
Vietnam
South-Eastern Asia

This policy brief examines the legal reform process in forestry across ASEAN Member States and provides pathways for other countries to learn more about successful implementation of legal reform. 

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