Documenting Customary Tenure in Cambodia: A Guidebook

This guidebook in Khmer is designed to be a tool for civil society organizations, including indigenous entities, to work with indigenous communities to document their customary tenure; it does so by providing a methodological process and instruments for implementation. The primary targets of this guidebook are facilitators who design and conduct the documentation process. This guidebook proposes a comprehensive but flexible framework for documenting customary tenure that can be adapted to local contexts and the intended use of the information. It provides step-by-step guidance on the preparation phase of documentation, including obtaining free, prior, and informed consent from the communities and how to organise training for community members to document customary tenure by themselves. It introduces the key components of customary tenure: local history, land use and land management, resource tenure and transfers, institutions, conflict resolution, livelihoods, and the cultural dimensions of land. The guidebook presents several tools and procedures for documenting each component, including mapping, different types of interviews, social inclusion, and field observations. The documentation processes, approaches, and methods are adapted from the MRLG publication: Documenting Customary Tenure in Myanmar. A guidebook (Allaverdian et al., 2018).

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