Land holders across Lao PDR, including some of the most vulnerable households, are expected to benefit from improved land administration and titling thanks to a project approved by the World Bank this week.
The $31 million Enhancing Systematic Land Registration Project will be run by the government’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment over the next five years. Its objective is to modernize land administration and scale up land registration to support the country’s aim of extending the benefits of recognized land rights to more of the Lao population.
“Ordinary people want to know that their rights to land are secure, and that is why this project meets a real need,” said World Bank Lao PDR Country Manager, Alex Kremer. “Land rights that are transparent and fair increase harmony in society, reduce disputes, and give people confidence to invest.”