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Study on communal land registration in Lao PDR

Field visits to over twenty villages in five different provinces of the Lao PDR have shown that across all ethnic groups, communities use and manage communal lands. Types of lands often found to be under communal management include upland areas, grazing lands and village use and sacred forests. Communities and use groups have devised local rules for provision, management and appropriation of communal resources. Valuable lessons for the process of recognizing communal land rights can also be drawn from two neighbouring countries. The governments of the Kingdom of Cambodia and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam have adopted provisions of long-term statutory land use rights of community groups based on customary tenure systems.

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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) Land Policy Study No. 6
  • Communal land
  • Land
  • Land policy and administration
Geographic area (spatial range)
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
Copyright No
Version / Edition February 2007
License CC-BY-4.0
Co-author (individual) Katrin Seidel, Khamla Phanvilay, Bounlath Vorachit, Lau Mua, Somthong Boupphachan, Robert B. Oberndorf
Publisher Lao-German Land Policy Development Project
Publication date 2007
Pagination 99
General note

i-vii (front matter) 1-92 (article)

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Date modified October 11, 2018, 03:53 (UTC)