Landless Minor Acquired Land Rights Certificate

Santosh Nagarkoti of Helambu Rural Municipality ward no 2 , Kiul became an orphan at a very small age after his farther untimely died in 2006 and his mother got second marriage. Santosh took all the responsibilities such as her education, health, care and others of his small sister. He shared “At age of 7 I had whole responsibilities of my sister including I had to do household chores. But no one was ready to provide jobs to us in our home town. For my sister’s future I decided to work in Chowmein factory in Kathmandu with steady income and good family life was slowly starting to come in track.”

After the devastated earthquake of 25th April,2015 however, again problem had started pouring in for Nagarkoti. His house in Kiul got destroyed in the quake and turned in to rubble. From being an orphan another tag was associated with him of being a landless as his house was built was not his own. During these period only Village land rights forum of Kiul had started collecting data of quake affected landless and land-poor farmers and attention was also paid to collect data of those who were deprived of signing in grant agreement due to the lack of land rights certificate. Santosh adds “Our name was registered by the Landless Squatters Problem Resolution Commission but due to my father’s negligence we could not get land. After the support of CSRC and DLRF I prepared all necessary credentials for getting land from government.”  The land rights forum organized several discussions between his family members and government officials to provide land to landless including him. Maximum attention was paid to conduct advocacy to the landless orphan Santosh and his sister. Finally, the struggle materialized a results for acquiring land to him.

Now Nagarkoti and his Sister have acquired ownership of 0.27 hectare of land in Kiul. The land acquired by Santosh was registered in the names of him and his sister. Santosh further shares “When all our hopes were down land rights forum supported us for acquiring land and making me a landowner from landless. As we were not aware of our land rights forum helped us to mark it with a surveyor. Now I have been included in housing reconstruction programme as well. Thanks to DLRF and CSRC, as they have provided me a new lifeline for livelihood and my sister’s future as well.”

CSRC Nepal


Regional Environmental Policy Dialogue

Securing land rights of women and indigenous peoples in the face of climate change in South Asia

 4- 6 April 2023 | Park Village Resort, Budhanilkantha, Kathmandu, Nepal

The National Land Coalition (NLC) Nepal, is holding a Regional Environmental Policy Dialogue on 'Securing IPLCs and women's land rights for increasing communities' adaptative capacity facing climate change in South Asia' from 4-6 April 2023 in Kathmandu, Nepal. This forum is co-organized with the Community-self Reliance Centre (CSRC), International Land Coalition (ILC) Asia and the Ministry of Land Management, Cooperatives and Poverty Alleviation (MoLMCPA), Government of Nepal and supported by the Stockholm Environmental Institute (SEI) Asia.

The event provides an interactive forum for sharing, , discussion and reflection on recent policy development and future challenges to people centered land governance in support of inclusive and equitable climate change adaptation, mitigation, and local agency in South Asia, namely – Bangladesh, India and Nepal.

The event is open to participants from all over the world who are interested in understanding land and environmental issues in South Asia and developing professional ties for opportunities to contribute to this domain. The conference provides a platform for professionals involved in land rights, gender transformative approaches, human rights-based instruments and land governance to exchange knowledge and gain insight into the state of the art in the current land-related policies, innovation, and solutions. Participants include a wide variety of stakeholders from civil society organizations (CSOs), social movements, development partners, and academia as well as government agencies.

Important Dates:

Preconference Events15 and 21 March 2023
Pre-event – I: Social inclusion & gender justice among south Asia’s people’s organisations led National Land Coalitions (NLCs)15 March 2023
Pre-event – II: Challenges and opportunities to operationalise commitments made under the Rio+ Conventions in South Asia21 March 2023
Arrival in Nepal3 April 2023
Main Conference4-6 April 2023
Departure6 April 2023

For more information, please visit / / and/or contact

Focal person: Dharm Raj Joshi, National Coordinator, NLC Nepal

Contact Address:

National Land Coalition (NLC) Nepal C/O

Community Self-reliance Centre (CSRC)

Tokha-7, Dhapasi | Indrapuri Awas-361, Kathmandu

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