Working towards greater community control over land, forests and natural resources
(ກຸ່ມເຮັດວຽກກ່ຽ່ວກັບບັນຫາການນຳໃຊ້ທີ່ດິນ) ແນ່ໃສ່ສົ່ງເສີ່ມ ຄວາມເຂົ້າໃຈ ແລະຄວາມຮູ້ທ່ວງທັນ ໃນດ້ານ ເສດຖະກິດສັງຄົມ ສິງແວດລອມ ທີ່ກ່ຽວຂອງກັບການນຳໃຊ້ເນື້ອທີ່ດິນ ໃນໂຄງການ ຕ່າງໆ, ໂດຍການເກັບກຳ ແລະ ແຜ່ກະຈາຍ ຂໍ້ມູນ ຂ່າວສານ, ການຊຸກຍູ້ການສົນທະນາປຶກສາຫາລື ແລະ ການຄົ້ນຄວ້າວິໃຈ

Official: villagers given compensation in line with regulations

Vientiane Times, 29 August 2014

Villagers whose land was used to build a casino and airport in the northwestern province of Bokeo have been awarded full compensation in accordance with the government’s policy, senior government officials have confirmed. Deputy Director General of the Land Administration Department of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Mr Anothai Chanthalasy made the comment at a press conference held recently at the National Assembly after the issue was raised through the telephone hotline set up during the Assembly’s ordinary session.

Rubber plantations in Luang Namtha grow despite price drop

Vientiane Times, 27 August 2014

The number of rubber plantations in Luang Namtha province has continued to increase despite the fact the rubber price has been declining steadily over the past few years. The rubber price began to fall back in 2011 and the price of the commodity on the world market has remained low ever since, Mr Sawaeng Sivilay, an official from the provincial domestic trade section, said.

Vietnam rubber giant to hear complaints from displaced communities

Thanh Nien News, 25 August 25 2014

The state-owned Vietnam Rubber Group (VRG) has promised to improve communication with communities affected by its plantations in Cambodia and Laos following requests from Global Witness, a British NGO that investigates the financial dimensions of corruption and resource extraction. Communities affected by VRG’s plantations can now lodge formal complaints or inquiries with the firm. Previously there was no system that allowed people to interact with the company in this way, according to Global Witness.

NA identifies problems in natural resource sector

Vientiane Times, 23 August 2014

The National Assembly (NA) has highlighted that many foreign investment projects working in the natural resource sector are not operating in accordance with the law and NA officials need to educate themselves on the issues to better address problems with projects. Vice Chairperson of the NA Economic, Planning and Finance Committee Dr Bouakham Thippavong was addressing a training workshop on the “Process of National Planning, Public and Private Investment Approvals and Environmental and Social Impact Assessments” in Vientiane last week.

Govt collects unpaid land lease and concession fees

Vientiane Times, 21 August 2014

Authorities will take strong action to secure US$15 million in land lease and concession fees, which have not been paid to State since last year. The move is one of the measures the Ministry of Finance is undertaking to boost revenue collection in order to pursue the target set for collecting domestic revenue at a total of 19,229 billion kip this fiscal year. As of August 12, some 16,705 billion kip or 69 percent of the annual revenue plan has been collected. The measures were presented at a Ministry of Finance meeting held last Friday in Vientiane to discuss ways to accelerate achievement of the revenue target.

That Luang Marsh road to convert land into capital

Vientiane Times, 21 August 2014

The construction of an 11km highway in Vientiane from Donnokhoum village in Sisattanak district which links to the 450 Year Road will still proceed under the policy of turning land into capital. Gossip amongst local residents recently was that the road would no longer have land reserved along each side to be sold and converted into capital as they had heard no talks on the issue in recent months. In fact, the road will still proceed under the original plan, with two hundred metres of land being reserved along each side of the road, which will be sold at commercial rates afterwards.

Cross border timber smuggling reported in Xieng Khuang

Vientiane Times, 20 August 2014

Vietnamese nationals have been felling trees illegally in Lao territory, with clandestine logging reportedly taking place in Xieng Khuang province which shares a border with Vietnam’s Nghe An province. Lao government officials reported that the Vietnamese have used slings to transfer the logs they cut in remote Lao forest areas back to Vietnam, said Deputy Director General of the Department of Forest Inspection under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry Mr Thongphanh Ratanalangsy.

Land concession, chemical use threatening rural livelihoods

Vientiane Times, 20 August 2014

Rural people are facing challenges resulting from the granting of land concessions, which have limited the forest areas available to them, while the unregulated use of herbicides is also threatening their health. Officials recently voiced the concerns regarding the issue that they encountered during the pilot of Sam Sang (Three Builds) over the past two years.

Xekong rubber project: some affected villagers refuse relocation

Vientiane Times, 13 August 2014

Some 38 families affected by a rubber plantation project in southern Xekong province have refused to move to a newly-developed community arranged for them, a senior government official told media last week. The 38 families claim that land in the area allocated to them is not fertile for cultivation.

But technical officials have confirmed that up to 80 percent of the entire area prepared for the newcomers is arable and good for cultivation, Deputy Director General of the Land Administration Department under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Mr Anothai Chanthalasy told a press conference recently.

Survey, land use plan needed to avoid land disputes

Vientiane Times, 11 August 2014

A ministry has pledged to undertake surveys and draw up land use plans before land lease and concession approvals in order to avoid land disputes. Director General of the Land Administration Department under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment Mr Siphandone Sihavong made the comment at a two-day workshop that ended last Friday in Vientiane.

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