“Action Research Project on Indigenous Communal Land Registration (2011-2014)”
In Ratanakiri province there are approximately 240 indigenous villages, usually made up of a few hundred people and governed by a council of local elders and a village chief. Their beliefs, cultural systems, and livelihoods are essentially connected to land and natural resources. In a real sense, land is culture, traditions, and spiritual belief for Cambodia’s indigenous peoples and collective ownership is central to the identity of all indigenous people in Cambodia.
This project aimed to document the lessons learnt, successes and challenges from the process of indigenous communal land registration. In a longer-term perspective it aimed to support the achievement of secure land rights among indigenous people through their equitable and meaningful participation in the indigenous communal land titling process.
A diagnostic assessment of the communal land registration process in the two provinces of Ratanakiri and Mondulkiri was conducted, during which knowledge gaps were identified. Capacity-building intervention aimed to fill these gaps and, in addition, a platform for dialogue and knowledge sharing on the issues surrounding communal land registration was established. This has brought indigenous communities, provincial line departments and NGOs together through learning and sharing workshops and training.