Land Info Working Group
Working towards greater community control over land, forests and natural resources

“The methodologies they used encouraged me to be more active in the training”

By LIWG Secretariat

November 29,2017

The Land learning Initiative for Food security Enhancement (LIFE) under the Land Information Working Group (LIWG) organized the community of Practice Workshop on November 28, 2017 at Learning House, Vientiane.

The Workshop participated by its partners  to share experiences, lessons learnt and results; to identify capacity-building gaps and needs; and to determine priorities for LIFE and partners going forward.

During the workshop, the team from LIFE project also shared their materials that have been used for organizing the coaching for their partners such as poster, videos and using game to connect with workshop related to land issue and contract farming.

Regional countries seek new approaches to agricultural investment

Source: Vientiane Times, November 16, 2017

http://www.vientianetimes.org.la/sub-new/Business/Business_Regional.html

Job Opening: Lao Land Resource Centre (LLRC) Manager

Job Vacancy 

Organization: Village Focus International (VFI)

Project: Lao Land Resource Center Project

Start work date: As soon as possible

Job title: Lao Land Resource Centre (LLRC) Manager

Lao Land Resource Centre (LLRC) Manager 

The Lao Land Resource Centre (LLRC) Manager will assume responsibility for all day-to-day management of Lao Land Resource Centre. The LLRC will:

Officials up to speed for Roundtable meeting in Champassak

Source: Vientiane Times, 10 November 2017

http://www.vientianetimes.org.la/FreeContent/FreeConten_Officials.html

Workshop on Land and Natural Resource Management for NA and PPA members

Source: Phouthan Pasaxon Newspaper, Issue 1st – 4th October 2017

(NA) To strengthen deep understanding on Land and Natural Resource Management, Legislative Research Institute of National Assembly organized workshop on “Knowledge and Experience Sharing with the National Assembly/Provincial People councils’ members on Land and Natural Resource Management” at International Convention Training Center (ICTC), Vientiane from 28-29 October 2017. The workshop was chaired by Dr Khampheuy Panmalaythong, the president of Legislative Research Institute of National Assembly, Laos. There were totally 153 participants from National Assembly’s members, Provincial People Assembly ’ members, President – Vice president of the NA committees, President -Vice president of different departments, centers, officials from National Assembly, The acting director general of Legislation Department from Ministry National Resource and Environment, representatives of relevant ministries, representatives from Village Focus International (VFI), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and Community Association for Mobilizing Knowledge in Development (CAMKID)/Oxfam attended this workshop.

Govt vows to assist farmers, producers

Source: Vientiane Times, 22 September 2017.

http://www.vientianetimes.org.la/FreeContent/FreeConten_Govt_221.htm

Assisting farmers and producers is one of the government’s top priorities in driving commercial productivity and boosting exports, a senior official has said.

Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Dr Lien Thikeo told media recently that the agricultural promotion policy needs to be implemented effectively to help farmers and businesses enhance productivity.

Enforcement of the Prime Minister’s Order No. 15 issued on May 13, 2016, has had a positive impact. Many entrepreneurs are now using their land, on which they previously operated a timber business, to raise cattle and pigs, he said.

Announcement for International Coordinator Volunteer at LIWG

LIWG, September 11, 2017

The Land Information Working Group is looking for a dynamic and motivated International Coordinator Volunteer, with an interest in land issues and commitment to social justice.

Location: Based in Vientiane
Volunteer Period: October 2017 to March 2018 (from 4 to 6 months duration). This can be a part-time volunteering (replacement of maternity leaves).
Tasks: He/She represents the network at various meetings and events, implements activities in a timely manner and within budget parameters according to the strategy and work plan, and acts as a facilitator that brings members and other stakeholders together.

Govt seeks ways to resolve land conflict issues

Source: Vientiane Times, August 31, 2017

http://www.vientianetimes.org.la/sub-new/Current/Curr_Govt202.htm

Government officials met in Vientiane yesterday to discuss solutions to land conflict issues across the country with the aim of improving land management and preventing the misuse of land.

The meeting of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment was attended by the Minister, Mr Sommad Pholsena, and other stakeholders from around the country.

Over the past year, there has been widespread misuse of forested and public land. The price of land has continued to rise, especially in cities.

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