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O Yadav district

March 17, 2010 District_O Yadav

O Yadav district

O Yadav district borders Vietnam and is predominantly inhabited by Jarai people.. The border between Cambodia and Vietnam, as many other colonial borders, didn’t take into consideration the Jarai people distribution and has divided their community into separated nationalities. Despite that, and not without difficulties, Jarai maintain family, clan and cultural links across the border. The rehabilitation of the main road linking O Yadav district to Vietnam has triggered the inflow of goods, like vegetable stocks, in direct competition with Indigenous people production. Many forest areas have already been cut in the district, which is facing severe land alienation. The district borders the upper part of the Sesan river, where riverside villages are affected by the impact of the upstream hydro electricity dams, are often severely impacted.

O Yadav district programs:

Natural Resource Management (NRM):

25 people including 6 women were selected as natural resource management networks and consequently trained on natural resource management, human rights and IP rights.  Afterwards, they were able to deliver trainings to 235 NRM networks, which in turn were mobilized to disseminate information to 394 people, of which 33 were women, in the two communes. The extension campaign on land law and natural resource protection were disseminated to 11 villages in 7.

In relation to land issues, 108 people including 26 women, 7 village leaders, 4 commune members, and 1 district representative were invited to join a district land forum to discussed and find solution on the land issues in their communities.

Additionally, 209 people including 93 women in the 21 villages have joined several meetings with elders, youths and local authorities (15 communities, 2 village chiefs, and 2 commune councils) on community solidarity, community land protection, and resolving boundary conflicts among indigenous communities.

With support from provincial networks, a research study and land loss cases were conducted in 5 communes by the district network members. They found out that 850 hectares of land were lost in 3 villages (Pok Touch, Pok Thom and Lom Villages). The network members were working closely with local authorities to find ways of resolving these problems.

A reflection workshop was held with 64 participants including 9 women and4 commune council members have participated. The main objective of this activity is exploring other approach in protecting the natural resources in their communities.

Kong Yuk and Andoung Meas complaints have been supported and lodged successfully through combined efforts by IP provincial and district network members and indigenous community representatives. The issue was also raised to human rights-affiliated NGOs, the Amnesty International, and especially to the Royal Government of Cambodia during donor meetings and government dialogues.

Community Organizing Training (COT):

25 COT trainees (7 women) have been selected by elders, commune council members and networks as COT trainees in their respective communities. They were subsequently trained and coached by COT trainers on all of the 8 modules which mostly focused on roles and responsibilities, facilitation skills, leadership, Participatory Indigenous Community Appraisal (PICA) and community based organization.  These modules are aimed to develop facilitation of planning, monitoring and leading, analyzing and organizing their daily activities.

COT refresher training was also provided to 49 COT trainees from 5 communes to strengthen further their confidence, especially on establishing Indigenous People Organization (IPO) in the coming years. The COT trainees gained more confidence in working with 441 people (179 women) in 8 villages in the 4 communes. Numbers of indigenous community key persons were able to facilitate their meetings without assistance.

Community Media Training (CMT):

Through the consultation with advisory groups, village chiefs, and commune councils, 8 Community Media Volunteer Group (CMVG) members and elders have produced films and edited stories on protection natural resources. Likewise, 4 other films related to indigenous culture were produced.

These films were edited and copied into 144 compact discs and distributed to 130 communities and 12 international entities including the US ambassador, when the latter visited Rattanakiri. Advisory Group (AG) and CMVG assisted the elders and local authorities to disseminate the produced stories to the 237 villagers in 34 communities in 5 Communes. 150 video compact discs were subsequently distributed to the communities.

Moreover, 23 CMVG (11 women) were trained on video production by community media staff and did field research on stories to produce films on the protection of natural resources and land loss. These activities were held in Teun and Padol villages in Yatung and Sesan communes respectively.

To improve their knowledge and skills, a reflection workshop was held with 43 people including 9 women. The objective of this activity is to explore new strategies for community media production in year 2010. Community key persons are able to advocate to their respective constituents and neighboring villages not sell their land to moneylenders.

Indigenous Women Empowerment Project (IWE):

24 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 867 people (552 women) in 24 villages, in 7 communes.

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 to 213 people (66 men) in 8 villages of the 4 communes.

6 out of the 24 IWE networks have conducted campaign on land law, advocacy, natural resource management, and gender to 308 people including 163 men. As a result, those people are able to commit in protecting their natural resources and the preservation of their culture.

To enhance the capacity building of the IWE networks, a reflection workshop was held and participated by 43 villagers of whom 16 were men, to share experiences and derive lessons. Numbers of women 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.