Role of Land Ownership in Grassroot Level Environmental Protection

Myanmar is considered as one of the most vulnerable countries to experience climate change. In thinking about sustainable environment and the overall environmental justice issue within Myanmar context, the role of customary land practices is unavoidable. Customary land practices help drive the culture and accountability of the respective community members, which incentivize them to use their land as sustainably as possible. Controversies have been identified in recent years surrounding new damn projects. This policy brief hopes to spark renewed conversations and ideas around the intertwined nature of environmental protection and customary land practices among stakeholders, and may be used as one of the tools for advocacy in demanding land and environmental justice.