Increasing pressure on land resources through foreign and local investments, the resettlement of very remote villages and a growing population, as well as partially outdated local knowledge of agricultural production, requires strategic management of land and natural resources.
This component focuses on increasing the capacity of government agencies to carry out effective land use planning, management and monitoring as well as providing local people with secure access to land.
The component objective is to ensure the land rights of rural households.
This will be done by:
- Participatory land use planning
- Systematic registration of land
- Land use zoning and suitability mapping
- Improved legal awareness
- Improved concession approval and management systems
- Improved conflict resolution systems, and
- Establishment of a land information management system
Activities are directed mainly at district, kumban and village levels, but also include initiatives at the provincial and national levels.
For Participatory Land Use Planning (PLUP), the programme trains district government personnel, who conduct PLUP in the villages. Provincial government personnel are trained to provide backstopping support and monitor the implementation, while technicians from the ministries in Vientiane are trained as master-trainers to allow multiplication of the approach.
In each of the participating villages a land management committee is founded to represent the villagers throughout the PLUP-activity of approximately 14 days and to later follow up on the decisions made.
Additionally, technicians are trained in each district to support Land Use Planning by using tools such as GPS-devices and Geo Information Systems and databases, to digitize and store the collected information and produce high quality digital maps.
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Land Registration aims to secure owners` and cultivators` land tenure, by granting them legally recognized land titles.To achieve that, the programme has introduced a modern surveying methods and trained local staff to survey and adjudicate land. After the agreement of the villagers, land titles can be printed out. To get more information about methods, facts and first results, click here:
An awareness campaign in more than 180 villages has additionally improved understanding of land owners’ rights, enhanced confidence and clarified obligations.