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Dak Lak (VNA)
– Provinces in the Central Highlands – Kon Tum, Gia Lai, Dak Lak, Dak Nong and Lam Dong – have granted 2.383 million first-time land-use rights certificates for ethnic households with a combined area of 4.156 million hectares.

The information was released by the Standing Board of the Steering Committee for the Central Highlands. Dak Lak has granted 730,674 certificates for 967,436 hectares, equal to 92.8 percent of the task.

Kon Tum, Dak Nong, and Lam Dong all have completed at least 90 percent of their work. Gia Lai is the only province with the rate falling short of 90 percent.

According to the standing committee, the reasons behind the provinces’ incomplete granting of certificates are prolonged land-clearance and compensation, ethnic households not coming to register or receive certificates and localities’ lack of consideration in changing land-use goals.

Provinces in the region continue reviewing and issuing regulations related to land, rectifying and overcoming limitations in land registration, granting certificates, building land databases in the region as well as promoting public communications campaigns to help ethnic minorities get a better understanding of their rights and responsibility to land.

Central Highlands provinces recommended the legitimacy of and the granting of certificates to households and individuals who reclaimed virgin land and illegally occupied forestry land that has been stably used prior to July 1, 2004; and then changed the land-using purpose to housing land or agricultural land in line with the land-use planning approved by authorised agencies.

Regional provinces will strive for completing the measurement and the granting of land-use certificates for agricultural land and forestry plantations in 2016 according to instructions by the Prime Minister.-VNA