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Governing Communal Land in the Lao PDR

Communally used land and resources comprise a critically important dimension of rural livelihoods in the Lao Peoples Democratic Republic (Lao PDR). Communal lands provide many benefits to villages, such as ecosystem services, subsistence food and resources, forest and agricultural products that can be sold for income, and spaces for the performance of religious rites. Communal land includes many different types of land, such as agricultural lands, forest areas, agroforestry spaces, grazing lands, sacred forests, and burial grounds. Rural people use lands communally to conduct a wide range of important activities, such as to plant rice and vegetables in swidden agricultural systems, collect edible and medicinal non-timber forest products (NTFPs), hunt and fish, collect firewood, cut timber for house construction, and conduct religious ceremonies.

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Field Value
Document type Reports, journal articles, and research papers (including theses and dissertations)
Language of document
  • English
Topics Ethnic minorities and indigenous people
Geographic area (spatial range)
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
Copyright Yes
Version / Edition 1
License Creative Commons Attribution
Author (individual) Miles Kenney-Lazar
Publisher Department of Agricultural Land Management, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
Publication date 2017
Pagination 21
Date uploaded March 22, 2019, 08:47 (UTC)
Date modified December 6, 2019, 03:05 (UTC)