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Persistence and change in Hakha Chin land and resource tenure : A study on land dynamics in the periphery of Hakha

Maxime Boutry, Céline Allaverdian | 2018 |
Persistence and change in Hakha Chin land and resource tenure : A study on land dynamics in the periphery of Hakha

Gret just launched its latest publication as part of the series “Of lives and land”.

This series document land issues in Myanmar and was developed with the financial support of LIFT.

Focusing on the uplands of Chin State Persistence and change in Hakha Chin land and resource tenure” is the second publication of the series.

The research retraces the main socio-economic, political and religious changes that affected North Chin society from pre-colonial times to now and documents the evolution of land tenure systems in Hakha Township to better understand the current issues faced by Chin cmmunities and individuals. Focusing on Hakha town and its peripheral villages where State penetration was stronger, the study sheds light on the competing statutory and customary land tenure systems, and the transformation of the human-land relationship. The study looks into areas of persistence and change in the different land uses and associated tenure regimes and their implications on social equity and livelihoods. Finally, it provides a comprehensive reflection in respect of how best to bring recognition to customary land systems in Myanmar.

The Of Lives and Land series emanates from in-depth socio-anthropological research on land and livelihood dynamics. Through various thematic and geographic foci, the series provides a rigorous analysis of people’s relationship to land in a rapidly changing social, economic and political context. It looks into the challenges that Myanmar people, the State and other stakeholders are facing in managing land and associated resources. Drawing from on-the-ground realities, it aims at informing policy dialogue. The series is peer reviewed by a committee of professionals and academics.   

  • To download the report (in English and Myanmar language) click here
  • To see the previous publication of the series click here