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Introduction to Special Issue on "Land Governance in Laos"

In recent years there has been considerable controversy in the Lao Peoples Democratic Republic (Lao PDR or Laos) regarding decisions by the government to issue long-term land concessions to foreign companies for large-scale plantation development, particularly for the cultivation of rubber, but also other commercial crops. Laos 2003 Land Law, in particular, established the legal framework for issuing land concessions to foreign companies of up to 10,000 hectares, although in some cases even larger land concessions have materialized. The expansion in the number of large-scale land concessions in Laos was closely linked to the Turning Land into Capital policy, which was designed to mobilize land to generate much needed capital and boost the economy of the country.

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Field Value
Document type Reports, journal articles, and research papers (including theses and dissertations)
Language of document
  • English
Topics Land
Geographic area (spatial range)
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
Copyright Yes
Version / Edition 1
License Creative Commons Attribution
Author (individual) Ian G. Baird
Publisher Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia
Publication date 2019
Pagination 4
Date uploaded March 12, 2019, 06:45 (UTC)
Date modified December 6, 2019, 07:55 (UTC)