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O Chum district

March 17, 2010 District_O Chum

O Chum district

O’Chum district is located just to the north of the provincial capital, Ban Lung. The territory is still quite preserved, even if in the last few years land grabbing and illegal land sales have increased.

O’Chum is predominantly inhabited by Kreung and Tampuan people. The district has a long tradition of involvement in Natural Resources Protection projects, and in the central area of the district are located the most cohesive and strongly committed communities of the region.

O Chum district programs:

Natural Resource Management (NRM)

76 people including 33 women, from provincial and district networks, Community Organizing Training (COT)-TOT trainers, Village Organizing (VO) committee members, IWE networks and local authority representatives were invited to join the district land forum. The land conflict, land selling and land encroachment in IP communities were reduced and networks are more active in mobilizing their respective communities for advocating on natural resources protection.

The initial idea from 14 elders and IP networks on natural resource management have resulted to a consensus of strengthening the roles and responsibilities of the elders, youths and communities to circulate land law, environment law, IP rights and raising up consequences of land loss which linked to IP culture and solidarity in the 9 villages. Elders and IP networks have disseminated information on related laws to 319 people (196 women) in the 9 villages. Land converted to rubber plantations have eased and some of companies ceased their activities in the 9 villages.

Research on land loss and land conflict was conducted by 10 network members in 5 villages, of the 3 communes. As the result, 23 hectares of community land were protected from being cleared of the company. Moreover, with the support from natural resource management staff and provincial networks the training on Land Law was delivered to 30 networks (6 women) which held in Ochum sub office. However, the enhancing knowledge on land law and on how to take action on land disputes in indigenous communities, the natural resource reflection workshop was held in Ochum district with 27 NRM networks from 5 communes in sharing experiences, and lesson learnt in finding new approaches to protect natural resources for their next generation.

Community Organizing Training (COT):

25 COT trainees (7 women) who has been selected by elders, commune council members and networks as COT trainees in their respective communities were trained and coached by COT-trainers on modules 1-8 which focused on roles and responsibilities, facilitation skills, leadership, Socio-Economic and community based organization.  These modules are aimed to develop the facilitation of planning, monitoring, leading and organizing their daily activities. The COT trainees gained more confidence to transfer their knowledge and skills to 290 people (175 women) in 12 villages in 3 communes, and Numbers of community people were able to facilitate their respective meetings without COT trainees’ assistance.

Community Media Training Project (CMT):

24 advisory and volunteer groups have joined media workshop on roles of media in preserving the culture of indigenous people, community solidarity, and indigenous community voice. The workshop also facilitated in drawing up of initiatives of community media production in collaboration with local authorities to produce information materials which will link to sustainable natural resources management and promote community solidarity. 368 people of whom 158 were women from the 6 villages of the 6 communes have been actively involved with CMT film production and dissemination.

Moreover, 11 Community Media Volunteers Group (CMVG) and Community Media Advisory Group members from 9 villages have been actively involved on film production every month.

6 advisory group members have actively collaborated with 5 community media volunteer group members in producing a film highlighting indigenous arts and culture, and natural resources management.

6 AGs and 6 CMVGs were able to produce a film called “Forest Protection and Community Development” in Yak Poy, Kro La, Kres and Kralong villages in cooperation and collaboration with local authorities, elders and youths. Those films were distributed to 250 people (68 women) in 5 villages of the 3 communes. Local authorities and communities gained more understanding and have improved their involvement with the media production.

Indigenous Women Empowerment Project (IWE):

25 IWE network members have been trained and coached on basic facilitation skills, land law, CEDAW concept and gender perspective, and they have disseminated their skills and knowledge to 301 people (160 women). The roles and responsibilities of networks were refreshed to 99 people (63 women) from two communes.

With support from networks, elders and youths along with the communities as well as local authority officials have worked closely to disseminate gender, CEDAW concept, domestic violence, land law to 192 people (74 women) in the five villages, and community people start to realize the concept of gender for applying into their communities.

Likewise, network members from 15 villages of the 5 communes have conducted exposure visit to Laok village to gain insights on experiences of community development and land protection.

Numbers of women in the communities are active in discussing women’s’ rights and their involvement in natural resources protection and community development. The cooperation and collaboration with local authorities and NGOs within the communities have produced mutual understanding and care for IP culture and traditions.