Diversity in Community Land Titling: Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, and Cambodia

Document type:
Seminar report

Date of seminar:
8th February 2017

Chiang Mai University, Thailand

Seminar speakers:
Thanagorn Atpradit (Northern Development Foundation, Thailand)
Professor Ian Baird (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA)
Saw Ma Bu Htoo (Karen Environmental and Social Action Network - KESAN - Thailand)

Moderator: Daniel Hayward (Mekong Land Research Forum)

In recent years, considerable interest has been shown amongst communities, non-government organizations and government agencies in what is commonly known as “Communal Land Titling” (CLT). The development of legal frameworks have, however, taken on various forms in different countries, due to a wide range of socio-cultural, legal and political factors. On 8th February 2017, a seminar was held at Chiang Mai University. Instigated by Professor Ian Baird from University of Wisconsin-Madison and hosted by RCSD (Regional Center for Social Science and Sustainable Development), it offered an overview on thinking about Communal Land Titling in Thailand, Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia. Different approaches were compared and contrasted, with the goal of assisting practitioners and academics in thinking about different ways to support Communal Land Titling in mainland Southeast Asia. This knowledge brief collects information from the presentations and discussions.