Session 1.1
SDGs and the VGGTs: Explanation of the SDG Land Indicators, what initiatives are underway, and how can we contribute?
Moderator: Fabiano de Andrade Correa, FAO
  1. Moving SDG indicators 1.4.2.& 5.a.1 to Tier I: Why and how? Land data-drive and gender disaggregated data.
  2. Securing Land Rights for All The GLTN's Response to International Frameworks on Land Governance.
  3. FAO's role in the SDG indicators and practice
Ethnic Minority and Vulnerable Groups access to Forests:
Discussion on the threat to villagers' livelihoods who are practicing customary tenure in forest areas.
Moderator: Daniel Hayward, RCSD
  1. Indigenous Peoples and Access to Forest Issues and Challenges in the Mekong .
  2. Growing Up Together With the Forest: The Unique Relationship Between the Forest and Indigenous Karen People of Kamoethway.
  3. Community Based Natural Resources Management in Cambodia: from Community Forestry in Stueng Treng to Advocacy for the Environmental Code.
Galaxy 2
Responsible Investment in the Mekong:
Examining Chinese investments in the region and beyond, what of the policies and guidelines?
Moderator: Darryl Vhugen, FAO
  1. China's investments in African Agriculture: Lessons for the Mekong?
  2. The Evolution of Chinese Overseas Investment Guidelines
  3. ASEAN Guidelines on Promoting Responsible Investment in Food, Agriculture and Forestry
Galaxy 1
Recognition of Land Rights and Communal Tenure:
Discussing the need for Land Tenure recognition to include communal rights both from community and investors' perspectives
Moderator: Marianna Bicchieri, FAO
  1. Formalizing Land Rights Towards Policies Based on the Recognition of Customary Communal Rights. - a worldwide perspective
  2. The Smallholder Business case for Communal Land Tenure Lessons from an IF Project
  3. Unpacking the Policy - the Practical Implications for Rural Land Tenure within 70% Forestland Policy

10:15- 10:45


Session 2)
Galaxy 1
Public Participation in Policy Marking:
Stronger policies and improved enabling environments for national benefits
Moderator: Tony Lamb, FAO
  1. Community to National Level Engagement to Advocate Important Ethnic Minority Issues in the Drafting of the Forestry Law
  2. Compiling evidence for advocacy around the Environment Code.
  3. New process and opportunities for the implementation of the National Land Use Policy in Myanmar
Customary Tenure Guidance Notes:
How are we recognising Customary Tenure in the Mekong?
Moderator: Marianna Bicchieri, FAO
  1. Presenting four policy guidance notes on challenges and opportunities to the recognition and protection of Customary Tenure Systems in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Viet Nam, prepared by FAO and MRLG.
Galaxy 2
Private Sector partnerships and platforms:
How are companies and initiatives reducing investor risk in the Mekong Region?
Moderator: Chris Smithies, Earth Systems
  1. Getting from commitment to impact - leveraging the private sector to support community land tenure
  2. Field Guide on Sustainable Agricultural Investment In Lao PDR.
  3. "Brand Lao" - linking smallholders to international markets, the Lao PDR experience
12:30 - 13:45

13:45 -15:30
Session 3)
Lunar Room
Land Distribution and Reform: Discussion on land distribution policies and restructuring of agrarian models.
Moderator: Fabiano de Andrade Correa . FAO
  1. Continuities and changes in the frontiers: land conflicts and the intricacies of VFV land management in Myanmar
  2. Vietnamese Land Re-adjustment Policy and Practice
  3. Politics of land use planing and logic of land tenure security in Lao PDR
Community Empowerment Approaches:
Raising the awareness and capacity of local communities for improved decision-making in land governance.
Moderator: Nguyen The Dzung
  1. Land Laws and Land Rights Awareness and Capacity Building: The LIFE Experience in Lao PDR
  2. Participatory Reallocation of Forest Lands Communities: Building capacities of Local Authorities and Empowering Ethnic Communities in Hoa Binh Province,Viet Nam
  3. Alternative Mechanisms to Address Land Related Conflicts in Myanmar: Building Paralegal Capacity in Ayeyarwaddy
Galaxy 2
Tools for Responsible Investment in Agriculture in the Mekong:
Sharing and contrasting tools and guidelines developed specifically in the Mekong based on international principles of RAI.
Moderator: Stephen Kreppel, The Nation Consultancy
  1. Development Code of Conduct for Responsible Land Related Investment (RLAI) in Viet Nam, particularly in the Tea Sector
  2. Developing Responsible Investment Guidelines for Banana and Crop Plantations in Lao PDR.
  3. Vietnamese and Chinese Codes of Conduct Voluntary Guidelines on Overseas Responsible Agriculture Investment in the Mekong Region
13:45 -17:30
Master Class
(Double Session)
Galaxy 1
Conflict Sensitive Program Management Master Class:
Interactive presentation of land conflict transformation using sound stakeholder analyses and leveling the playing field techniques.
Presenters: Poch Sophorn, IMG Cambodia and Brian Garcia, MRLG
Master Class:
New Ways of Dealing with Land Conflict: Lessons from Cambodia
  • The 3-hour Masterclass will go through steps of the mediation process, with particular focus on pre-mediation research, particularly conflict analysis. The session will be very interesting for organizations and individuals who are working with communities affected by land conflicts or initiatives seeking alternative mechanisms to resolve conflicts.
13:45 -17:30
Master Class
(Double Session)
Wind Room
Academic Session with Masters and Graduate Students
Organisers: Daniel Hayward, RCSD and Julian Derbidge, GIZ
Students from the different countries will present posters, and reflect on changes over the past two years.
15:30 - 16:00


Plenary Session
Lunar Room
Land Governance and Gender Issues (panel):

Moderator: Kalpana Giri, RECOFTC
Panel Session on Land Governance and Gender
  • The panel session brings forth researchers, practitioners and representatives from community organizations to discuss the nexus between gender equality and land governance while also identifying actionable entry-points to link gender analysis to governance policies and practice.