Mekong Region Land Governance Project


MRLG aims to improve land tenure security for smallholder farmers in the Mekong Region


Since April 2014, the Mekong Region Land Governance Project (MRLG) has aimed to improve land tenure security of smallholder farmers in the Mekong Region through contributing to the design and implementation of appropriate land policies and practices. It has responded to national priorities in terms of reducing poverty, increasing economic development and supporting smallholder farmers, so that they can be secure and make informed decisions on land use and land management.

The first four year phase allowed the MRLG Project to build partnerships and support a number of initiatives aiming at improving land tenure security for smallholder women and men farmers across Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam (CLMV). MRLG Phase 1 implemented diverse and innovative activities across a large spectrum of land governance and land tenure-related issues, worked with a broad range of partners, (including CSOs, academia, research institutes, government departments, agencies, and the private sector), and deployed multiple instruments in its operations. This included small and large grants, workshops, training events, technical assistance, knowledge products, conferences, networking and alliance-building.

An End of Phase Evaluation and Project Formulation was conducted in September 2017 that reviewed all aspects of the project and determined the feasibility for a second phase. After a year of transition, MRLG Phase 2 commenced in October 2018 and will operate for a further four years.

Built on Phase 1 successes, Phase 2 remains focused on addressing land governance issues in the CLMV region, but with a shift towards supporting the strategic engagement of reform actors in the policy making processes at national, sub-national and regional levels.

MRLG will establish alliances with reform actors at the regional level and in each country who will collaborate on two main thematic areas: the recognition of Customary Tenure (CT) and Responsible Agriculture Investment (RAI). Land Rights Awareness Raising, Land Conflict Transformation and Gender are cross-cutting themes that will remain fundamental to MRLG’s strategic approaches. Each alliance will develop collaboratively their strategies and programmes based on a Theory of Change approach that will form the basis for specific projects.

The MRLG Project Implementation Unit (PIU) office is based in Vientiane, Laos with three sub-offices in Cambodia, Myanmar, and Vietnam.