06 Jul 2023
Survey, Mapping & Spatial Planning
Project Design, Monitoring & Evaluation
Posted06 Jul 2023
Happy mid-year (already!) to our friends and colleagues. We step into the second half of the year after our 3-day planning sessions in Warrane on Eora Nation land, now known as Sydney - 3 days of intensive discussions and planning, sustained by and bonding over good food and harbour views.
Madison Durham, who spent 3 months with us as an intern, heads back to complete her final year of her Bachelor of Law (Honours)/Bachelor Arts at the Australian National University – you can see what she got up to here.
We are in the swing of operations with consultancies and project teams in full implementation mode. Our work in Bangladesh on “enhancing access to land for renewable energy” is coming to a close with a final household survey. With this newsletter we share an update on this very topical nexus of issues of access to land, infrastructure, and investments.
A couple of weeks back on 20th June, Kate Fairlie presented in an Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) webinar introducing the Land Records and Transaction System Assessment and Design Toolkit. The panel that followed took up practical issues of technology changes including planning for disruption and socialising the change both internally and externally. Watch this space for a second webinar coming later this year, where we collaborate with ESRI and MCC to see how we can take this important work further.
In January our Mekong Land Governance (MRLG) project team kicked off Phase 3, the 9th year of providing support to smallholder farmers to improve their tenure security. Nine new workstreams are starting collaborations with over 30 partners in four Mekong countries. Despite significant covid delays and the 2021 coup d’état in Myanmar, the team can be proud of achieving and in some cases exceeding the project targets in Phase 2. More than 70,000 farmers directly benefited from project interventions with enhanced tenure security, while a further estimated 21.5 million indirectly benefitted from project supported policy improvements. Knowledge management is a core component of the project, and the team produced over 80 policy-oriented publications on customary tenure rights, responsible investments, and related topics.
Did you know? … the MRLG project team and partners are improving customary tenure recognition through the support to:
To improve agricultural investments for more responsible social, economic and environmental outcomes for investors, smallholder farmers and communities, MRLG supported:
LEI are delighted with the team and our partners’ achievements. There is huge passion to continue this support of smallholders and forest dwellers in the region as Phase 3 looks to scale and cement MRLG efforts through to the end of 2025. MRLG are publishing and sharing all the work of our team and partners through Facebook and the MRLG website (about to undergo a revamp). Please reach out to Leonard for any publications or topics you’d like to know more about.
In spirit of reconciliation, Land Equity International acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea, and community. We pay respects to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.