Lupws session 5 zonation_MEKONG WATCH_eng


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National LUP workshop 4.10. - 5.10.2012, Vientiane, Lao PDR

Mekong Watch

Community-based Watershed Management Project
in Pakbeng District,
Oudomxay Province

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Lupws session 5 zonation_MEKONG WATCH_eng

  1. 1. Community-based Watershed Management Project in Pakbeng District, Oudomxay Province Satomi HIGASHI, Mekong WatchRural Land Use Planning Experience Sharing– Lessons Learned – Workshop (4-5 Oct 2012)
  2. 2. Background & Project SiteBackground & Project Site In 2005, MW started the research project on land and forest issues, in collaboration with the National University of Laos. Since 2007, the project has focused on watershed management Kmhmu’ ethnic people account for about 80 % of the population. Most people in the district make a living from swidden agriculture.
  3. 3. Problems• The first Land Forest Allocation, conducted by the local government, defined land and forest areas that were inconsistent with the actual land and forest use of villagers• Most villagers were “illegally” continuing shifting cultivation in the watershed area• In some villages, a shortage of land caused shortening of the swidden cycle and dependence on chemical herbicides• LFA led to destructive land and forest use contrary to the program’s initial objective
  4. 4. Objectives of the ProjectResettlement, village consolidation, establishmentof watershed forest and Land Forest Allocation haveresulted in significant impacts on villagers’ land andforest use • To find ways of forest conservation that are compatible with villagers’ livelihood • To create a forest management system, in which villagers can participate
  5. 5. Main Activities• Watershed Management Committee• Re-zoning of Land and Forest• Environmental Survey on the Watershed Area• Environmental Training• Film on swidden farmers’ lives and their forest use
  6. 6. Watershed Management Committee• In October 2007, the Houay Kasaen Watershed Management Committee was set up• The committee members are composed of representatives from the eight villages in the watershed area and district government officers• The committee holds meetings annually, before the selection of land for swidden agriculture
  7. 7. Rezoning of Land and Forest• Mekong Watch supported rezoning of land and forests in four villages in 2008 and 2009• The watershed area where swidden agriculture had been prohibited was reclassified as agricultural land and protection forest• It has enabled regulated use of some parts of the watershed area by the villagers
  8. 8. LFA map of B. Chom Leng Yai (2000) LUPLA map ofB. Chom Leng Yai (2009)
  9. 9. Conclusion• In the case of Pak Beng, 7 years fallow represents local people’s land use systems• Establishment of the Watershed Management committee enabled villagers’ participation in decision-making on land and forest use• Through the rezoning of land and forest supported by MW, the local people’s land use systems have been recognized and approved by the district• LUP needs to be flexible enough to incorporate local people’s complex land use systems
  10. 10. Thank you!Contact: