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Author Choocharoen, Chalathon ♦ Preechapanya, Pornchai ♦ Neef, Andreas
Source CiteSeerX
Content type Text
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Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Data processing & computer science
Subject Keyword Watershed Management Conference Palong ♦ Black Lahu Ecological ♦ Sustainable Forest ♦ Land-use Practice ♦ Scientific Finding ♦ Sylvopastoral System ♦ Agro-ecological Knowledge Toolkit ♦ Semi-structured Questionnaire ♦ Ban Lae ♦ Causal Relationship ♦ Key Informant ♦ Many Scientist ♦ Accessible Way ♦ Case Study ♦ Farming System ♦ Ethnic Minority People ♦ Watershed Function ♦ Traditional Agri-cultural System ♦ Study Team Create Text Statement ♦ Black Lahu People ♦ Black Lahu ♦ Natural Forest ♦ Fang District ♦ Par-ticipatory Rural Appraisal Tool ♦ Paddy Field ♦ Swidden Cultivation ♦ Chiang Mai Province ♦ Major Innova-tion ♦ Local Ecological Knowledge System ♦ Royal Project Station ♦ Mixed Orchard ♦ Elicited Information ♦ Ban Khob Dong
Abstract For decades the land-use practices of ethnic minority people in the uplands of northern Thailand have been described by many scientists and policy-makers as unsustainable, and have been blamed for causing degradation of natural forests and watershed functions. The objectives of this case study, carried out in Ban Nor Lae and Ban Khob Dong, Fang District, Chiang Mai Province, were to scrutinise these claims by exploring the knowledge of Palong and Black Lahu people on sustainable forest watershed management, and by contrasting their local ecological knowledge systems with scientific findings. Key informants and randomly selected villagers were interviewed by means of semi-structured questionnaires. Selected Par-ticipatory Rural Appraisal tools, such as mapping and transects, were also employed to collect infor-mation. The elicited information was recorded in a durable and accessible way by the Agro-Ecological Knowledge Toolkit. This toolkit helped the study team create text statements and to determine causal relationships through diagrams and hierarchies. Based on the collected information, the traditional agri-cultural systems of the Palong and Black Lahu can be divided into three categories: swidden cultivation, paddy fields and sylvopastoral systems. Mixed orchards were only recently introduced as a major innova-tion in the farming system, partly on the initiative of the Royal Project Station in Angkhang. Both groups
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Age Range above 22 year
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