Land Grabbing in Cambodia

Check out this new interactive map made by LICADHO that depicts the land grabbing crisis in Cambodia: http://www.licadho-cambodia.org/concession_timelapse/

The Global Witness reports “Country for Sale” and “Family Trees” are an excellent, if controversial, accompaniment to the map.  As well, check out “Carving Up Cambodia” from the Cambodia Daily.

~ by responsiblenomad on October 19, 2012.

One Response to “Land Grabbing in Cambodia”

  1. All too true.
    Economic concessions = Land Grabbing in Cambodia.
    What exacerbates the land grabbing in Cambodia is overall weak land governance and a very corrupt Land Ministry led by Senior Minister Im Chunn Lim and a very loud rent seeking Head of Land Sar Sovann. This pair of land pirates have been fully backed by donors – Finland, Germany and Canada, who add fuel to the fire by backing the rorts. Donors and Technical Advisors (TA) are well rewarded and even awarded medals by the government – akin to accepting the 30 pieces of silver. Frequently in professional fora and journals we see the TA presenting fictitious accounts of achievements all based on headline grabbing rather than reality. In particular the Finn TA team leader is a notorious purveyor of this fiction as recently presented in “Coordinates” magazine writing on ”Improving land administration systems in developing countries”.
    http://mycoordinates.org/improving-land-administration-systems-in-developing-countries/

    Donors like the incompetent Finn team consistently fail to provide a balanced, factual account of the land sector of Cambodia. Human rights abuses and violent land evictions are of no concern to these mercenary TA. Of course the land sector’s weak governance has not improved in spite of NGO complaints to the World Bank and the subsequent screwed up World Bank Inspection case which was largely a cover and a failed attempt to lower the bar in order to re-engage with the government to keep its country program running.

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