Land lies at the center of debates about Cambodia’s socio-economic development. For farmers in the fertile lowlands, private land ownership rights have enabled recovery of their livelihoods after decades of conflict.
Families forced to relocate due to the construction of the Lower Sesan II Dam are asking Stung Treng provincial authorities to register their new village as indigenous collective lands.
The 67 families from Sre Ko commune received authorisation to set up the new village on their community forest and ancestral lands after their old homes were flooded in October when a gate to the controversial hydropower dam was closed.
They are now seeking indigenous collective land status to protect themselves from being displaced by future development.
In the fight for land and to protect the environment, communities around the world are struggling against governments, companies and criminal gangs
MUMBAI, Feb 6 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Last week's killing of Cambodian forest defenders, and the recent shooting of Indonesian farmers, show the increasing involvement of state forces in quelling dissent against agribusiness, campaigners said.
More than 100 families in Takeo province have been given back their land after a dispute with the Sun Hour company and an individual landholder.
The move follows protests and in front of the Ministry of Land Management as families asked the government to resolve their problems.
The 137 families were told officially on Saturday that 915 hectares in Tram Kak district’s Trapaing Kranhoung commune would be restored to them.