The Newsletter 58 Autumn 2011

Land acquisitions by non-local actors

Men PrachvuthyGuus van Westen

In Cambodia there is an increasing trend of large land acquisitions, inadequate protection of land rights, and a high incidence of land disputes. About 1.04 million hectares were approved as Economic Land Concessions (ELC) for foreign and domestic companies in 2010, as a means of increasing economic growth and employment. Much of this land is located in the North-eastern provinces, home to indigenous communities that may seriously be aff ected as a result.

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