HD Karen Groups Want Government’s Land Law Scrapped and Karen Customary Land Management System Used

Karen Groups Want Government’s Land Law Scrapped and Karen Customary Land Management System Used
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Hundreds of Karen representatives from 56 different groups gathered to strengthen Karen customary land management systems and at call for government land laws to be abolished and rewritten.The demand was made during the “Kaw” Customary Land Seminar held from May 29 to 30, 2019 in Lay Wah, Karen State.The Karen customary land management system, known as the “Kaw”, is land that is collectively used, managed, conserved and governed. These practices are based on the conservation of land, forest, water, and other natural resources, and evolved from a combination of traditional value systems and traditional customary law.Karen representatives at the seminar explained there are 198 Kaw customary land systems used in Karen areas and these customary land management systems successfully provide land protection and sustainable livelihoods, and importantly, are still relevant and applicable to the current situation.