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A landlocked country of 7 million between the Mekong River and Annamite Cordillera, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR or Laos) has the lowest population density in Southeast Asia. Officially, over 81% of land is classified as forest, and only 6.5% is arable land.

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Laos is planning to build a dam on the Mekong River in the area of Pak Beng

Lao villagers worry that compensation for Pak Beng Dam will be too low

14 March 2023

Lao villagers worry that compensation for Pak Beng Dam will be too low

 A fisherman drives his boat past dead trees that slid into the Mekong River during a riverbank collapse

Thai farmers near Mekong lose land as riverbanks collapse

13 February 2023

Questions mount over the Xayaburi Dam’s changes to water and sediment flows as the river swallows farmers’ land.

Lao military releases five land dispute protesters on condition of silence

5 October 2022

They were arbitrarily detained for three months for protesting against a new military camp in their village. Main photo: Lao soldiers and villagers are shown in a disputed area in Vientiane's Naxaithong district, March 25, 2022. The Lao military arbitrarily detained five land dispute protesters for…



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What to Read Digest: Failed Land Deals

They came, looked and left: The legacy of large-scale land deals that failed

21 February 2023

A review of four recent articles about an underexplored issue:  the reasons for large-scale land deals to fail and what that means for communities and society

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FAO VGGT Closing Events

WEBINARS: Capturing Knowledge from the Implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Governance of Tenure (VGGT)

Over the past nine years, the project on Supporting Implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests (VGGT)has helped countries make political commitments towards the eradication of hunger, food insecurity, and malnutrition, with the…