A Visit on Communal Land Tittle (CLT) and Forest Management in Cambodia

Friday, 8th December 2017

The group of NGOs and government officials from Cambodia, led by the NGO Forum on Cambodia (NGOF) in collaboration with Asia Indigenous Peoples Pacts (AIPP) conducted a three-day exposure visit from 12th to 14th September 2017 in community, indigenous peoples’ organization and University of Chiang Mai. 

imageThe Learning Visit focused on Communal Land Tittle (CLT) and Forest Management in Chiang Mai province, Kingdom of Thailand. The three-day learning brought about 16 participants  from its NGOF-member organization (3 females) including five (5) government officials from the Ministry of Rural Development (MRD), , Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction (MLMUPC),  Ministry of Environment (absent)and Forestry Administration/Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF). 

The exchange visit was organized in Chiang Mai, Thailand, from Sepember 12-14, 2017, and it carried two main objectives; (i) To learn about how to speed up the process of IP Communal Land Tittle and effective land using including forest management and livelihood improvement method and (ii) To strengthen good collaboration with the government institutions.

This visit was aiming to raise the awareness in Cambodia, both for the governments and the NGOs who are working for and with the indigenous peoples land title registration. While the Indigenous Peoples’ Land Rights in Cambodia has been being severely violated through the development projects hugely increased over the last two decades on their land and territories. The Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) has permitted large areas of land to be leased for commercial interests through economic land concessions (ELCs) and mining concessions. This readiness on the part of the RGC to reallocate land, along with insecurity of indigenous peoples’ land tenure due to the complicated process of Communal Land Titles (CLT) for indigenous peoples land tenure in Cambodia.

Recommendations/lessons drawn from the visit: The participants give two key recommendations from the visit for applying their work back home as following: 

  1. All NGOs find out the new strategy, how to explain or coordinate all communities to understanding on the importance of forest and land, agriculture expansion potential, new technique on agriculture and organic farming in communities in order to persuade them to reduce their dependence on forest product alone.
  2. There should be a schedule set up for the Land and forest workshop to be participated by the NGOs and the government, where they can sit together and discuss on forest and land issues, also finding out new strategy to solve the problems and overcome the challenges together.

*The story is originated written by Pheap Sochea - Cambodia NES Facilitator, and it is edited for ILC's website publishing purpose