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KEY COMPONENTS AND EXPECTED RESULTS Three components have been planned, with the following outcomes:
* Knowledge networking and linking policy to practice: Platforms for improving coordination and communication at different levels are established to link local level land related issues to higher levels of decision-making
* Local use and management of natural resources: Local people have improved livelihood opportunities, access to information, and are able to seek legal advice on land rights and responsibilities.
* Capacity Development: Government agencies, civil society and the private sector are willing and able to address land and natural resource management issues in an equitable and transparent way
Expected Results: The target groups for this project can be divided into three categories:
1. Rights holders: farmers, local communities and village leaders. These are the primary target groups of the project.
2. Duty Bearers can be divided into two groups. The first is policy makers and government staff at national and provincial levels. The second is the extension and implementing agencies at the district and kumban (subdistrict) levels.
3. Facilitators including INGOs, Non-Profit Associations, Advocacy groups, universities and professional association Given that the private sector is having the most impacts on land related issues in Laos, they will also be one of the key stakeholders.
By the end of the first phase, the key results within the three components include:
1. Platforms at different levels will be established to improve coordination and link local issues to policy debates. A LINK (Land, Information, Network and Knowledge) Resource Centre will be established as a central node for information sharing between different actors at the national level and a regional network in the south will be developed. In addition, information and materials on land rights and responsibilities will be better documented and widely disseminated.
2. More equitable, participatory, transparent and sustainable processes to manage natural resources will be tested and implemented in the areas where the project works. New approaches to land and natural resource management will be elaborated in a participatory manner at the village level, to help farmers and communities secure land and enhance their livelihoods. Similarly, access to information and legal resources on land rights and responsibilities will be made available.
3.Capacity development will focus on the following stakeholders: local government leaders and officials, provincial and government staff, INGOs and the private sector. By the end of Phase 1, individuals and organisations will have better capacity to manage and resolve conflicts related to land and natural resources and better awareness of land rights and responsibilities.
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