Empowered community reverts displacement for large dam

In 2011, a hydropower dam project threatened to displace 1797 people from 4 villages in the Anyar Phyar Village Tract in Southern Myanmar. Due to strong community organisation, research, and campaigning, the communities were able to gain the support of the government. As a result, the hydropower project was cancelled. People could register their land in accordance with the 2012 land laws, which entail that the government issues land use titles for individual households. This achievement was possible thanks to grassroots action and mobilisation.

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Author: 
Khaing Min Thant (Trócaire) and Erin Sinogba (ILC Secretariat).
Year: 
2016