Customary Tenure Recognition in the Mekong Region


“Customary Tenure Recognition in the Mekong Region” Lecture by Dominik Wellman, Advisor to the Mekong Region Land Governance (MRLG) Project.

Thursday, September 6th, 2018, 12h30-14h00, Seminar Room, Department of Architecture and Spatial Planning (DASP), NUST.

The session looked at the question of how "customary" or traditional land rights are recognised in the Mekong Region of Southeast Asia. The speaker presented about the current situation in two example countries (Laos and Cambodia) and explored the pressing issues around if and how local communities can formally secure their land use rights.

Dominik Wellmann is an adviser at the Mekong Region Land Governance (MRLG) Project based in Laos, South East Asia. He holds a master’s degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology and has been working in the Mekong Region for more than 4 years. Together with partners in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam, Dominik is working on the recognition of traditional land rights by the state. Through formalisation of these customary land rights, the MRLG project aims to secure land tenure and access to land for smallholder farmers across the Mekong Region.

For more information about the Mekong Region Land Governance (MRLG) Project see:

You can download his presentation here.