Banlung City, Ratanakiri province


In 2022, HA is running 5 different projects, Child Early and Forced Marriage (CEFM), Citizens Engaged in Environmental Justice for All (CEEJA), Customary Tenure Documentation of Indigenous Peoples (CTDIP), Building Local Land Rights Capacity (BLLRC), and Empower Indigenous Youth to Exercise their rights Access to Natural Resources and Cultural Appropriation

The cases of getting married are very concerning for indigenous youth and indigenous communities because this will be affected the future of indigenous people, especially their health, culture, and domestic violence. Young people don’t go to school. Another issue will also arise like a drug addiction for young people particularly young boys and this will lead to no security in the communities like more gangsters, thieves, and more crimes.  

Project targets: 14 villages from 5 indigenous groups in 2 Districts in Ratanakiri.

Project duration: October 2021 to December 2023

Indigenous communities are living within the forest and they realize on Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFP) for living. At the same time their live in the forest are very challenging and need to engage more stakeholders to support and help their communities to protect their forest and land. National laws, policies and other standards need to consider indigenous people rights and need to respect the consents of indigenous peoples through using principle of Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC), it is one of the tools under the United Nations Declaration on Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). All the development projects have to consult and gain their consent before the projects are operated. This project is very small in terms of funding support and it is implemented by a local network of indigenous people called IRAM.     

Project targets: Stung Treng & Kratie Province

Project duration: June 2021 to 2024 (46 months)

Customary Land Tenure is one of the land rights for indigenous peoples to exercise their culture and traditions on land management. This project is working to document the good practices or traditions of indigenous people in land management to find out what needs to improve in relation to land management and seek support from different stakeholders for promoting customary land tenure. 

Project targets: In 2 villages of Kavet indigenous group in Veunsai District, Ratanakiri province. 

Project duration: (July 2021 to August 2022), It is extended until October 2022

Indigenous people in Ratanakiri Province are needed to improve their knowledge and rights in relation to land management especially indigenous women, they should have known about their land rights and their issues must be documented to seek support for land rights recognition for indigenous peoples through CLTs, CPA and Community Forestry. Natural resources and forest state land within indigenous communities should be protected by indigenous peoples in those communities and should be recognized by indigenous peoples. 

Project targets: 3 villages in Kavet Community from Veunsai District, Ratanakiri Province

Project duration: June 2021 to July 2022

Indigenous youth and elders are potential actors for indigenous peoples in Ratanakiri to ensure their natural resources and traditional cultures are preserved and developed in an appropriation way based on the needs of indigenous people. Indigenous youth and elders need to be engaged in order to exchange the knowledge and experiences for strengthen the capacity of indigenous youth and next generation for preserving indigenous identity and protecting natural resources. 

Project targets: 7 villages in Ratanakiri Province

Project duration: (2022-2023)