(KPL) Officials from Xayaboury Province, and World Wide Fund for Nature in Laos (WWF-Laos) met in Phiang district of the northern province to plan land-use activities within Na Vene village that will be carried out throughout the entire month of November this year.
The meeting was held on Oct 29, followed the next day by a meeting between government officers, 705 family heads and village authorities in Ban Na Vene for activity instruction and discussion of land use planning objectives.
Na Vene is one of the villages located in Nam Poui, a National Protected Area (Nam Poui NPA) in Xayaboury Province. This incredibly biodiverse landscape is home to some of the most endangered species within Laos, including wild elephants.
The 15,000 ha of Na Vene village is occupied by 5,000 people, making up 705 households. Most of the families rely on agriculture as a major source of income including slash and burn, gardening, farming, animal breeding and so on.
WWF-Laos has supported conservation work within Nam Poui NPA for over the past 10 years, particularly patrolling and law enforcement on all illegal activities inside Nam Poui NPA. This work aligns with the initiatives put in place by the department of agriculture and forestry of Xayaboury Province to diminish environmental crime within the area.
In addition to working towards increasing the conservation measures within Nam Poui, WWF-Laos is also supporting village land-use planning. Land-use planning measures have already been carried out in Na Vene village, as this village is located in a fragile and easily exploited portion of Nam Poui.
The overall objective of WWF-Laos’ land-use planning in these villages is to prevent poachers and loggers from breaking into the protected area, mark and divide the borders of each family’s land and promote sustainable land use by reducing the use of slash and burn methods. Additionally, the team also plans to collect accurate data of the villager’s properties in order to create a document of land ownership for each family in the future.
Teams collected land use data from every family allowing land boundaries to be photographed by satellites before using GPS to mark perimeters on the ground. By this November, all 705 households are set to have clear land boundaries.
Officers from the department of agriculture and forestry, and the district offices, as well as the village authority were divided into 3 groups for the land-use activities with technical and financial support from WWF-Laos.
It is WWF-Laos’ mission to build a future where people live in harmony with nature. Land-use planning is an integral part of our mission by promoting the sustainable use of natural resources in villages located in the forest.
Source: Lao News Agency