Villagers holding the legal calendars

Program Background

Many people in Laos live in rural areas and make a living by farming and gathering mushrooms, fishes and so on from surrounding forests and rivers. On the other hand, large-scale development projects such as the construction of hydroelectric power dams, mining and large plantations have proceeded under policies to prioritize economic growth. Land expropriation damages the environment and affects the lives of local people relying on the blessings of nature. In order to support the stable life of local people in villages, we provide agricultural techniques trainings for better livelihood and work for management and use of natural resources in a sustainable manner with people in rural areas.

Transmission lines for a hydroelectric dam were installed in target villages.

A Story in Our Activity Area

Mr. Buntar (40s), the head of Alan village, said: “The forest of Don Plai has been used for a long time by many villagers to gather mushrooms, bamboo shoots and so on. The forest is the source of our lives. It is prohibited to cut trees in the forest, however, the forest in this village has been exploited for the mining of earth and stone for a hydroelectric dam. That was because the boundaries were ambiguous, and it was difficult to show where the community’s forest was. We registered the forest as a community forest with JVC and put signboards to show the rules and the boundaries of the forest. Since we put the signboards, people from outside can understand cutting trees is prohibited there. We can easily speak out when a development company comes. We have been quiet but from now on we will speak our minds. We made a list of trees and forest products seen in the community forest. It was also good to know how much woods cost in the market.”

Mr. Buntar in the ceremony to establish a community forest (second from the right).

Supporting independent management and use of natural resources

Outline of the Activities

We established community forest and fish conservation zones in three villages and shared the data of village boundaries and so forth in seven villages. We also held legal trainings to teach the rights of local people on natural resources. In addition, we held trainings to teach gender-equal participation. In total, 1,281 villagers participated in the trainings.

The training using the legal calendar made through cooperation with other organizations.

Villagers discussing divisions of roles between men and women with illustrations.

Observed Changes

After setting up the signboards presenting the village map and establishing the community forest, the border of the villages and forest became clearer. It became easier for villagers to protest the unfair land expropriation and avoid troubles associated with logging. Some villagers have started the process of obtaining land certificates to rent and borrow land or claim compensation. Some participants of gender-equality trainings said that not only husbands but also couples should participate in meetings for the community.

 

List of Village Data Book ລາຍຊື່ປື້ມຂໍ້ມູນບ້ານ

No.
ລຳດັບ
Village
ບ້ານ
District
ເມືອງ
Province
ແຂວງ
Year Published
ປີຈັດພີມ
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ລິງໄຟລພາບປຶ້ມ
Remark
ໝາຍເຫດ
01Nalaikhok
ນາໄລ່ໂຄກ​
Atsaphangthong​​
ອາດສະພັງທອງ
​Savannakhet
ສະຫວັນນະເຂດ
2020Normal Resolution ລະອຽດທໍາມະດາ
High Reso Map Ver. ສະບັບແຜນທີ່​ລະ​ອຽດ​ສູງ
including documents of 2 fish conservation zones
ມີເອກະສານວັງສະຫງວນ 2 ແຫ່ງ
02Houaysing
ຫ້ວຍສິງ
Phin
ພີນ
​Savannakhet
ສະຫວັນນະເຂດ
2020Normal Resolution ລະອຽດທໍາມະດາ
High Reso Map Ver. ສະບັບແຜນທີ່​ລະ​ອຽດ​ສູງ
including documents of 1 fish conservation zone
ມີເອກະສານວັງສະຫງວນ 1 ແຫ່ງ
03Nonhang
ໂນນຮັງ
Atsaphangthong​​
ອາດສະພັງທອງ
​Savannakhet
ສະຫວັນນະເຂດ
2020Normal Resolution ລະອຽດທໍາມະດາ
High Reso Map Ver. ສະບັບແຜນທີ່​ລະ​ອຽດ​ສູງ
including documents of 1 community forest
ມີເອກະສານປ່າໄມ້ຊຸມຊົນ 1 ແຫ່ງ
04Kaengxai
ແກ້ງໄຊ
Phin
ພີນ
​Savannakhet
ສະຫວັນນະເຂດ
2021Normal Resolution ລະອຽດທໍາມະດາ
High Reso Map Ver. ສະບັບແຜນທີ່​ລະ​ອຽດ​ສູງ
including documents of 1 fish conservation zone
ມີເອກະສານວັງສະຫງວນ 1 ແຫ່ງ
05Nalaidong
ນາໄລ່ດົງ
Atsaphangthong​​
ອາດສະພັງທອງ
​Savannakhet
ສະຫວັນນະເຂດ
2021Normal Resolution ລະອຽດທໍາມະດາ
High Reso Map Ver. ສະບັບແຜນທີ່​ລະ​ອຽດ​ສູງ
06Paxia
ປະເຊັຍ
Phin
ພີນ
​Savannakhet
ສະຫວັນນະເຂດ
2021Normal Resolution ລະອຽດທໍາມະດາ
High Reso Map Ver. ສະບັບແຜນທີ່​ລະ​ອຽດ​ສູງ
including documents of 1 fish conservation zone
ມີເອກະສານວັງສະຫງວນ 1 ແຫ່ງ
07Alan
ອາລານ
Phin
ພີນ
​Savannakhet
ສະຫວັນນະເຂດ
2021Normal Resolution ລະອຽດທໍາມະດາ
High Reso Map Ver. ສະບັບແຜນທີ່​ລະ​ອຽດ​ສູງ
including documents of 1 community forest
ມີເອກະສານປ່າໄມ້ຊຸມຊົນ 1 ແຫ່ງ
08Houay
ຫ້ວຍ
Atsaphangthong​​
ອາດສະພັງທອງ
​Savannakhet
ສະຫວັນນະເຂດ
2021Normal Resolution ລະອຽດທໍາມະດາ
High Reso Map Ver. ສະບັບແຜນທີ່​ລະ​ອຽດ​ສູງ
09Nyang
ຍາງ
Phin
ພີນ
​Savannakhet
ສະຫວັນນະເຂດ
2021Normal Resolution ລະອຽດທໍາມະດາ
High Reso Map Ver. ສະບັບແຜນທີ່​ລະ​ອຽດ​ສູງ
10Phonphang
ໂພນຜາງ
Atsaphangthong​​
ອາດສະພັງທອງ
​Savannakhet
ສະຫວັນນະເຂດ
2021Normal Resolution ລະອຽດທໍາມະດາ
High Reso Map Ver. ສະບັບແຜນທີ່​ລະ​ອຽດ​ສູງ

Training on agricultural techniques for better livelihood

Outline of the Activities

We held trainings on different agricultural techniques such as the improvement of rice farming, home garden, and cultivation of fruits, mushrooms, and rattan. We set up livestock banks such as cows and goats and vaccinated the livestock. We also provided water tanks and ponds as small irrigation. We held trainings on repairing deep wells and cleaning shallow wells. We delivered rice seeds to 241 households, 18 kg each and set up rice banks in three villages. The capital amount of rice in the banks was 42,100 kg.

The training of techniques to sort out rich rice seeds with saltwater.

Rice bank supports the lives of the villagers affected by the flood.

Observed Changes

The villagers improved their livelihoods by harvesting vegetables in their home gardens, getting more cows and goats through the livestock bank and so on. As we set up the irrigation and wells, it became easier for villagers to get water for cultivation and everyday life. Rice seed and rice bank helped villagers affected by flood solve food shortage.

Building network & sharing information

Outline of the Activities

We held joint meetings of target villages three times. Villagers discussed how to improve rice cultivation and so forth. Also, we attended meetings of local network organizations and introduced legal training. We shared booklets compiling the data about each village, community forest and fish conservation zone with government bodies and other NGOs.

Observed Changes

We provided a place for villagers to interact by holding joint meetings. They recognized common challenges in the area and deepened their interest and motivation to solve them. We could share the efforts of the project as grassroots cases through network meetings.

[Source: JVC Annual Report 2020]

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