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Mekong region land governance

Land governance is often at the centre of development challenges: these include issues linked to land expropriation, large-scale land acquisition and investment, land disputes and recognition of customary land tenure. It is in this context that the Luxembourg Development Cooperation has been contributing, since 2014, alongside Switzerland and Germany, to the Mekong Region Land Governance (MRLG) Project.

The MRLG project is implemented in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam (CLMV) by a consortium of two international NGOs, Land Equity International and GRET, and it enables small-scale farmers, especially those from ethnic minorities, to have sustainable and equitable access to land and control over their agricultural and forest lands.

The continuation of Luxembourg’s support for this project also reflects the need to address the links between climate and human rights: protecting and respecting the collective rights of indigenous peoples is particularly important for biodiversity and forest conservation.