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Participatory land management planning in biodiversity conservation areas of Lao PDR

Sawathvong, Silavanh (2003). Participatory land management planning in biodiversity conservation areas of Lao PDR. Diss. (sammanfattning/summary) Umeå : Sveriges lantbruksuniv., Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae. Silvestria, 1401-6230 ; 267
ISBN 91-576-6501-X
[Doctoral thesis]

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The importance of integrating forest conservation and rural development objectives is much better understood today than in the past. Despite an increased understanding such integration in many countries remains poorly supported in terms of co-ordination between government agencies and stakeholders. Environmental degradation and loss of biodiversity conservation areas to competing alternative uses is widespread throughout the world and Lao PDR is no exception. The forest policy in Lao PDR has developed under the framework of international conventions. The protected area system has been established with the aim of conserving healthy and diverse forests. Rehabilitation and reforestation policies are important complements. The former “rules by decree” approach has been replaced by a set of laws and regulations. This thesis presents and discusses a management approach for biodiversity conservation areas in Lao PDR. As part of that, it highlights the significance of appropriate policies and legislation as a base for sustainable management, discusses various interdisciplinary and interactive planning methods tested in case studies, and analyses the utilisation of non-timber forest products as part of a strategy for sustainable management of biodiversity conservation areas. The integration of techniques from social sciences and natural sciences is emphasised to encourage local participation in managing the conservation areas. Participatory Rural Appraisal, simple sampling methods, and remote sensing were used in the studies. A simple simulation model (the Area Production Model) strengthened the inter-action process. The integrated and cross-sectoral approach turned out to be simple, flexible and dynamic. The recognition of non-timber forest products (NTFPs) plays an important role in the conservation and development of protected area management. A literature review was made to gain insight into the research trend in Southeast Asia in terms of tenure rights of NTFPs and the way people utilise them. Quantitative resource assessment is an important part in sustainable management. In a case study, a participatory two-phase sampling approach for cardamom assessment was developed and tested with a promising result.

Authors/Creators:Sawathvong, Silavanh
Title:Participatory land management planning in biodiversity conservation areas of Lao PDR
Series Name/Journal:Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae. Silvestria
Year of publishing :February 2003
Number of Pages:44
ALLI: Ohlsson, B. & Sawathvong, S. 2003. Forest policy development in the Lao PDR in the context of globalisation. (Manuscript). II: Sawathvong, S. 2003. Experiences from developing an integrated land use planning approach for protected areas in the Lao PDR. Forest Policy and Economics. In press. III: Sandewall, M., Ohlsson, B. & Sawathvong, S. 2001. Assessment of historical land use changes for purposes of strategic planning - a case study in Laos. Ambio 30: 55-61. IV: Sawathvong, S. 2002. The challenge of non-timber forest product research in Southeast Asia. (Submitted Manuscript). V: Sawathvong, S., Sandewall, M. & Ståhl, G. 2003. A two- phase sampling method for cardamom assessment based on local people’s participation. (Submitted Manuscript).
Place of Publication:Umeå
ISBN for printed version:91-576-6501-X
Publication Type:Doctoral thesis
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:K Forestry > K10 Forestry production
P Natural resources > P01 Nature conservation and land resources
E Economics, development, and rural sociology > E11 Land economics and policies
Subjects:Not in use, please see Agris categories
Agrovoc terms:forest land, biodiversity, cardamoms, lao, nature conservation, rapid rural appraisal, forest management, planning, simulation models, sampling, forestry policies
Keywords:biodiversity, cardamom, Lao PDR, participatory, planning, sampling, simulation model.
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Department:(S) > Dept. of Forest Resource Management
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Deposited On:25 Feb 2003 00:00
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