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Forest-Land Commons in Laos in the Twenty-First Century: Agrarian Capitalism and the Non-Commodified Subsistence Guarantee

Over the last two decades, a broad alliance of domestic and international actors in the Lao PDR have devised policy interventions on the issue of strengthening customary tenure. The aim has been to establish legal protections for the rights of rural communities to forest-land commons, in the context of widespread enclosure due to large-scale land acquisitions. Secure tenure rights would be promoted through strengthened participatory procedures for land use planning, and the development of formalization procedures, with the ultimate goal towards the widespread registering and titling of communal or collective land. Despite pilot innovations, progress towards this goal has been at best intermittent.

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Field Value
Document type Reports, journal articles, and research papers (including theses and dissertations)
Language of document
  • English
  • Thai
Topics Land
Geographic area (spatial range)
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
Copyright Yes
Version / Edition 1
License Creative Commons Attribution
Author (individual) Keith Barney & Alex van der Meer Simo
Publisher Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia
Publication date 2018
Pagination 1
Date uploaded March 26, 2019, 04:36 (UTC)
Date modified December 9, 2019, 03:35 (UTC)