Project 2 - Rural Community Lands Project (RCLP).

Project Goal:   For rural communities to have stronger tenure over the natural resources on which
their livelihoods depend on.
Strategy 1: CISDE will work closely with communities to learn from them about traditional land management and land issues. The capacity of government partners to implement community supportive land management will be addressed through training and community organising and mobilisation. Through this communities will act together to use legal mechanisms and engage with outsiders.

  • Community organising training.
  • Cultural sensitivity training for project and government staff
  • Indigenous knowledge incorporation into projects
  • Capacity building of target groups (villagers) on Land Laws (using strategy 1)

Work with Department of Law Dissemination – Ministry of Justice.
Strategy 2: CIDSE and its partners will research and combine traditional land
management systems with statutory rights. Community supportive aspects of the Land and Forest Allocation Policy of the government will be used to achieve legal tenure and claim communities’ rights but this will be placed in the context of traditional land management. Innovative demonstrations or model sites of land management will be established that can be observed and replicated by other projects and the government.

  • Work in Kumban (village cluster) level
  • Requires working with appropriate government agencies: Provincial and District Agriculture & Forestry 
  • National and Provincial Land Management Offices.
  • Traditional land management systems (elders, communal land, conflict resolution,
  • Determine Land suitability and capacity
  • Village boundaries and communal land titling

Strategy 3: Identify key land related issues and\or use the CIDSE LUPLA\model land management sites to conduct research with government counter parts and to facilitate participatory action research (PAR) which will highlight the sustainability of traditional land management systems that is aimed at influencing policy. To use the research results as an international advocacy tool by sharing with other organizations.

  • Dedicated  full time researcher
  • Presentation of results both informally and formally to CIDSE Laos, funders and local and central government partners, as well at international workshops
  • Research results reach the appropriate government offices (Prime Minister, Provincial Governor, National Land Management Authority, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Lao Front for National Construction etc).
  • Sharing research results with national and international network of INGOs for further use in advocacy campaigns

Strategy 4: Increased food security and\or income generation from agricultural and\or non-timber forest products. In order to build trust and a relationship with the communities, activities other then land ones will be useful. Monitoring of these activities will also allow for monitoring of the previously done land allocation.

  • Small scale agricultural assistance depending on village discussions
  • Small scale non timber forest product activities


We work in Khammouane Province ( Yommalath and Mahaxay Districts )



We have two Advocacy projects in one Province.
1.Khammouane Province, Yommalath and Mahaxay Districts.
Law Dissemination for Communities Project,
Phase I (2009-2011); 20 target villages.

2.Khammouane Province, Yommalath and Mahaxay Districts.
Rural Land for Communities Project,
Phase I (2009-2011); 20 target villages.