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Measuring participation: Case studies on village land use planning in northern Lao PDR

Lestrelin Guillaume, Bourgoin Jeremy, Bouahom Bounthong, Castella Jean-Christophe. 2011. Measuring participation: Case studies on village land use planning in northern Lao PDR. Applied Geography, 31 (3) : pp. 950-958.

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Quartile : Q1, Sujet : GEOGRAPHY

Liste HCERES des revues (en SHS) : oui

Thème(s) HCERES des revues (en SHS) : Géographie-Aménagement-Urbanisme-Architecture

Abstract : In the early 1990s, the Lao government launched a nationwide Land Use Planning and Land Allocation programme in a bid to foster socio-economic development while protecting the environment. However, the programme has long been perceived as having negative impacts on rural livelihoods. A central criticism was that limited local participation results in unsustainable land use plans; consequently, the government introduced significant changes into the process to enhance participation. This paper examines the extent to which the evolution of Laos' village land use planning has resulted in increased local participation and improved livelihoods. Local participation was assessed quantitatively in six study villages, in combination with more qualitative surveys on planning practices and influences on livelihoods and land uses. The analysis reveals that local participation increased only slightly from early planning initiatives until pilot implementation of the revised programme, known as Participatory Land Use Planning. It also shows that (participation in) planning had very limited influence on local land use patterns. Drawing on these findings, the paper explores ways to better translate plans into concrete actions and to effect tangible change in local practices. (Résumé d'auteur)

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Politique foncière, accès à la terre, Politique de développement, Impact sur l'environnement, Utilisation des terres, Protection de l'environnement, Moyens d'existence durables, Développement agricole, Planification agricole, Gouvernance, approches participatives

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : République démocratique populaire lao

Classification Agris : E11 - Land economics and policies
E14 - Development economics and policies
E50 - Rural sociology
P01 - Nature conservation and land resources

Champ stratégique Cirad : Axe 6 (2005-2013) - Agriculture, environnement, nature et sociétés

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