A nested land uses–landscapes–livelihoods approach to assess the real costs of land-use transitions: Insights from southeast Asia

Lestrelin Guillaume, Castella Jean-Christophe, Li Qiaohong, Vongvisouk Thoumthone, Nguyen Tien Dinh, Mertz Ole. 2019. A nested land uses–landscapes–livelihoods approach to assess the real costs of land-use transitions: Insights from southeast Asia. Land, 8 (1):11, 23 p.

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Abstract : Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) is viewed as an effective way to mitigate climate change by compensating stewards of forested areas for minimizing forestland conversion and protecting forest services. Opportunity costs assess the cost of foregone opportunity when preserving the forest instead of investing in an alternative activity or resource use. This paper questions the calculation method of opportunity costs using averaged economic benefits and co-benefits of different land-use transitions. We propose a nested approach to land-use transitions at the interface between landscapes and livelihoods and assessing a wide range of potential socio-ecological costs and benefits. Combining household surveys and focus groups with participatory mapping, we applied the approach in villages of Laos, Vietnam and China positioned along a broad transition trajectory from subsistence shifting cultivation to intensive commercial agriculture. By looking beyond the economics of land use, we highlight important linkages between land-use changes and livelihood differentiation, vulnerability and inequalities. Our results show the importance of addressing the impacts of land-use transitions on a wide range of potential ecological and socioeconomic costs and benefits at multiple levels.

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Déboisement, REDD-plus [EN], Changement climatique, Montant compensatoire, services écosystémiques, Retrait des terres, Agriculture de transition, Évaluation impact sur environnement

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : République démocratique populaire lao, Viet Nam, Chine, Asie du Sud-Est

Mots-clés complémentaires : Développement territorial

Mots-clés libres : Opportunity costs, Multi-level assessment, Agrarian transition, REDD+, South East Asia

Classification Agris : P01 - Nature conservation and land resources
K01 - Forestry - General aspects
F08 - Cropping patterns and systems
E14 - Development economics and policies
P40 - Meteorology and climatology

Champ stratégique Cirad : CTS 5 (2019-) - Territoires

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Lestrelin Guillaume, CIRAD-ES-UMR TETIS (TUN) ORCID: 0000-0001-6207-218X
  • Castella Jean-Christophe, CIRAD-PERSYST-UPR AIDA (FRA) ORCID: 0000-0003-3532-0728 - auteur correspondant
  • Li Qiaohong, Yunnan University (CHN)
  • Vongvisouk Thoumthone, National University of Laos (LAO)
  • Nguyen Tien Dinh, Hanoï University of Agriculture (VNM)
  • Mertz Ole, University of Copenhague (DNK)

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