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Lumphat district

March 17, 2010 District_Lumphat

Lumphat district

Lumphat district is located to the south of the provincial capital, Ban Lung and extends down toward the Srepok River. Lumphat has a mix of ethnics groups, including Tampuan, Brao and Lao. One part of the district became a national protected area, less subject to land grabbing, but the process has been not negotiated with Indigenous People. This happened in other protected areas too, where conservation projects have been decided without consultation with Indigenous People normally living or relying on the zones. The rest of the district, more accessible by road, has undergone severe land alienation during the last years. As with other districts, the vary majority of this land alienation can be said to be illegal and contrary to Cambodian law.

Lumphat district programs:

Natural Resource Management (NRM):

24 natural resource management and commune networks from 5 villages of the two communes were invited to join the land law and IP rights training at Lumphat office in order to strengthen their skills and knowledge to protect the natural resources in their respective community.

In relation to land issues, 42 people including 8 women were invited to join a district land forum in order to find appropriate approaches to land issues and village boundary. The two NRM network members in Lumphat and Oyadav districts are active in facilitating the resolution of boundary conflict between Samot Krom and Takuk villages in Seda commune and Borkham commune, respectively. On the other hand, 257 villagers including 105 women from 27 villages have joined meetings with elders, youths and local authorities (15 communes, 2 village chiefs, and 2 commune councils) on community solidarity, community land protection, and village boundary conflict.

With support from provincial networks, a research study and complaints on land loss cases were conducted in 3 villages of Luphat district. Additionally, 16 people from 13 villages in 5 communes were invited to join the Participatory Indigenous Community Appraisal (PICA) training to enhance their capacity in gathering information and analysis for their communities.

The Provincial networks have conducted regular quarterly meeting with elders, youth and local authorities in 17 villages to discuss community solidarity and community land protection. With support from the provincial staff, the extension campaign on land law, IP rights, IP land, IP culture were conducted in 25 villages.

In collaboration with ADHOC and CLEC, a complaint regarding a 400-hectare land case in Sayos Leu village, Kalang Commune was lodged to the court and other relevant provincial departments. With this case, ICSO and partners are closely monitoring the court action. IP provincial networks and IP communities with the support of local authorities and elders in Paktang village, Paktang commune have furnished copies of their complaint to lawyers and to Amnesty International-Cambodia. The complaint cited a 250-hectare land clearing perpetrated by a private company. Numbers of network members are active and used their experiences in mobilizing the communities for the advocacy to protect their land and solve boundary conflict.

Community Organizing Training (COT):

24 COT trainees including 7 women from 22 villages were been selected by 399 village residents (elders, commune council members and networks) as COT trainees in their respective communities. They were trained and coached by COT trainers on modules 1-8 which mostly focused on roles and responsibilities, facilitation skills, leadership and community based organization.  These modules are aimed to improve their skills on facilitation, monitoring, leading and organizing their daily activities. Moreover, 20 ex-COT trainees received refresher training on COT modules 1-8.

Likewise, 14 ex-COT trainees in 2008 (2 women) from 5 communes were invited to join a Participatory Indigenous Community Appraisal (PICA) which allowed them to analyze the problem, develop action plan and find out ways to solve problems by themselves.

An extension campaign on land law, environment law, and IP rights were held. 242 people including 96 women have participated in several consultations with elders, youths and local authorities to find out ways to protect the rights of indigenous people and to promote sustainable natural resource management. The COT trainees gained more confidence to transfer their knowledge and skills to the indigenous communities.

Indigenous Women Empowerment Project (IWE):

32 IWE network members have been trained and coached on basic facilitation skills, land law, conflict solution, advocacy, natural resource management, CEDAW concept and gender perspective. They actively disseminated information to 823 people (321 women) in Lumphat district. With the support from elders, youths, and local authority officials, these network members were able to promote on gender and disseminated information on the Land Law in the 12 villages of Luphat.

A workshop for new IWE networks’ selection was conducted in 4 villages of Labang commune. A total of 73 participants (38 women) were involved. 2 women were selected as district IWE network members. With the support from IWE staff, they have conducted meetings with elders to strengthen the roles and responsibilities of networks in the 4 indigenous communities. 238 people (115 women) have participated in these activities.

Numbers of women, elders, youths in the communities are active in discussing their rights. They were also actively involved in the protection of their natural resources. The cooperation and collaboration with local authorities and NGOs within the communities have produced mutual understanding and care for IP culture and traditions.

Livelihood enhancement/Income Generation:

In collaboration with Paz y Desarrollo (PYD), ICSO started to conduct meetings with elders, youths and local authorities for the selection of self-help groups in Chey Odom (new target area with indigenous Lao) and Labang communes. Finally, 6 people from each commune were selected for the ToT on economic development persective of the IP context.