Land Titling and Poverty Reduction: A Study of Two Sangkat in Prey Nup District, Sihanoukville Municipality (Revised Version), November 2007
Following the passage of the 2001 Land Law, the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction (MLMUPC) initiated a Land Management and Administration Project (LMAP) in 2002. LAMP aims to improve land tenure security, strengthen land administration systems, and promote the development of efficient land markets. Assisted by the World Bank, GTZ (German Agency for Technical Cooperation), and FINNMAP (a private Finnish company contracted by the Finnish Government) LMAP supports a systematic land titling program in Cambodia to contribute to poverty reduction. In September 2007, MLMUPC reported that one million land titles had been issued under LMAP. This article examines land transactions and emerging issues since land titling in two sangkat of Prey Nup District, Sihanoukville Municipality, specifically in the areas of land ownership, land sales, land transfer processes, access to credit, and security of land tenure.
Land titling programs are based on the assumption that improved property rights over land assets have a positive effect on the use and productivity of those assets. The LMAP Baseline Survey Project in rural areas undertaken by the Cambodia Development Resource Institute (CDRI) in 2004 was guided by several key.