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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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Job Opportunity: Communications and Event Management Specialist

17 February 2021

MRLG is hiring a Communications and Event Management for Specialist for the Mekong Region Land Forum 2021. MRLG and its partners successfully organized two Regional Land Forums, first in Hanoi in 2016 and then Bangkok in 2018. The second Regional Land Forum, co-organized with the Food and…

Lao Christians Evicted From Their Village Return, But Can’t Build Homes

4 December 2020

Main photo: Fourteen Lao Christians evicted from their homes in Luang Namtha province's Long district are shown in a February 2020 photo. (Citizen Journalist) Seven Lao Christians evicted from their homes in southern Saravan province in October for refusing to renounce their faith have returned to…

Controversial Chinese Development Project in Laos Moves Closer to Government Approval

20 October 2020

Main photo: The area of China's proposed Vang Vieng development project in Laos is shown in a March 2019 photo (RFA). A controversial Chinese development project in Laos is now moving ahead despite environmentalists’ warnings and long delays caused by villagers’ objections to surveys of their land…

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Farmers' strategies to cope with land loss

By Diana Suhardiman and Emily Koo Laos has conceded a significant amount of land to foreign investors, with estimates placing 15% of the country’s land under foreign control. Such land concessions, or the granting of rights to land, are positioned by the government as critical to economic growth…

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First Mekong Region Land Forum

MRLG, GIZ and IPSARD are pleased to announce that they will organize the first Mekong Region Land Forum in Hanoi, on 21st to 23rd of June