Engaging village communities in designing "climate smart" landscapes

Castella Jean-Christophe, Phimmasone Sisavath, Lienhard Pascal, Chaivanhna Soulikone, Enjalric Frank, Khamxaykhay Chanthasone. 2015. Engaging village communities in designing "climate smart" landscapes. . AIT. Bangkok : AIT, pp. 1-3. Regional Forum on Climate Change (RFCC) Low Carbon and Climate Resilient Societies: Bridging Science, Practice and Policy, Bangkok, Thaïlande, 1 July 2015/3 July 2015.

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Abstract : In the uplands of northern Lao PDR, extreme weather events, such as warmer temperatures, drought periods or shifting precipitation patterns are expected to be more frequent as a consequence of climate change. The EFICAS project (Eco-Friendly Intensification and Climate resilient Agricultural Systems), promotes climate resilient approaches based on a combination of participatory land use planning and promotion of agroecological practices. After an initial diagnosis of climate change vulnerability at the village level, adaptation strategies are co-designed with local communities. Our climate-smart landscape approach is conceived as an empowerment process of villagers who first learn about their vulnerability to natural hazards and economic fluctuations, and then are trained to assess the potential impacts of different land-use planning scenarios before making informed decisions. The combined use of high-resolution remote sensing data and 3D-participatory modelling helps upland communities in visualizing land-related issues and planning relevant actions. Then concrete extension activities are implemented in relation with their collectively negotiated plan and resource management rules. Finally, villagers are involved in participatory monitoring of their climate change adaptation strategies. Together with district extension staff, they assess impacts on landscapes and livelihoods and adjust their practices through reflexive learning loops. (Résumé d'auteur)

Mots-clés libres : Climate-smart landscapes, Community engagement, Social learning, Upland development, Lao PDR

Classification Agris : P40 - Meteorology and climatology
C20 - Extension
E51 - Rural population

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Castella Jean-Christophe, CIRAD-PERSYST-UPR AIDA (LAO) ORCID: 0000-0003-3532-0728
  • Phimmasone Sisavath, Ministère de l'agriculture et des forêts (Laos) (LAO)
  • Lienhard Pascal, CIRAD-PERSYST-UPR AIDA (LAO)
  • Chaivanhna Soulikone, Ministère de l'agriculture et des forêts (Laos) (LAO)
  • Enjalric Frank, CIRAD-PERSYST-UPR AIDA (LAO)
  • Khamxaykhay Chanthasone, Ministère de l'agriculture et des forêts (Laos) (LAO)

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