State of Land in the Mekong Region: Book Launch and Seminar

Document type:
Seminar video

Date of seminar:
28th August 2019

Chiang Mai University, Thailand

Seminar speakers:
Antoine Deligne (Mekong Region Land Governance project)
Micah Ingalls (Center for Development and Environment)
Daniel Hayward (Chiang Mai University)
Chusak Wittayapak (Chiang Mai University)
Kittisak Rattanakrajangsri (Asian Indigenous Peoples Pact)
Lee Ayu Chuepa (Akha Ama Coffee)
Apiwat Ratanawaraha (Chulalongkorn University)
Pornpana Kuaycharoen (Land Watch Thai)
Duangmanee Laovakul (Thammasat University)
Rina Chandron (Thomson Reuters Foundation News)
Natalia Scurrah (Independent researcher)

Moderators: Robert Farnan (Chiang Mai University), Daniel Hayward (Chiang Mai University)

Event description:
The State of Land in the Mekong Region brings together data and information on current status and trajectories of change with regard to land resources, their social distribution, and the conditions of their governance that shape them. The book results from a long process of research and consultation involving more than 100 land experts in the region and across the world. It has been coordinated by the Center for Development and Environment (CDE) and the Mekong Region Land Governance (MRLG).

This book event aimed to raise awareness and discuss key issues documented in the book such as dramatic transformation of agricultural and land tenure systems, the acceleration of land-based investments and trade of land-intensive commodities, and the growing inequality between smallholder farmers and other agricultural producers. The morning session presented both the regional overview from the book, and details from the chapter concerning Thailand. The afternoon session involved a seminar on the topic of ‘land and inequality in Thailand’ with presentations and a panel of government, academic, NGO and CSO stakeholders.

Video links:
Video 1: Morning session - book launch
Video 2: Afternoon session - Seminar Land and Inequality in Thailand