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Restoring Land Rights: Pathways for the recognition of customary tenure in Myanmar

This publication is providing guidance to civil society organisations and other reform actors in Myanmar about how to recognise and protect customary tenure in both policy and practice. The study outlines six options for recognising customary tenure with different levels of complexity. These options are not mutually exclusive, as each one may fit a specific context. International experience shows that good legal frameworks are necessary, but never sufficient to ensure that rights are fully protected. The effectiveness of these options in practice depends on a range of issues that must be kept in mind when drafting and implementing legislation, such as the need for interim measures, adapting to federalism, reforming state institutions, and so on. The proposed legal process for customary tenure recognition should provide flexibility for communities to decide if they want to follow such a process and how they want to formalise their tenure.

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Field Value
Document type Reports, journal articles, and research papers (including theses and dissertations)
Language of document
  • English
Short title (alternative/varying form of title) Customary tenure systems
Topics Land tenure and land titling
Geographic area (spatial range)
  • Myanmar
Copyright Yes
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This article should not be interpreted as representing the official or unofficial views or positions of SDC, Germany and Luxembourg.

Version / Edition Thematic Study #13
License Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike

POINT, MRLG Unit 11, House No. 262, Ban Saphanthong Kang, Sisattanak District, Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR PO Box 2973, Vientiane Lao PDR 01000

Co-author (individual) Christian Erni and Antoine Deligne
Publisher POINT, MRLG
Publication date 2022
General note

The Brief is a comprehensive summary (19 pages) of the original Thematic Study (56 pages). A Burmese version of the Thematic Brief will soon be available. To original publication page>>>

Keywords Myanmar,customary tenure,Land Rights
Date uploaded October 26, 2022, 08:37 (UTC)
Date modified December 13, 2022, 10:05 (UTC)