Alternative Futures for the Lao Uplands

Castella, Jean-Christophe; Sysanhouth, Khamsone; Saphangthong, Thatheva; Victor, Michael; Ingalls, Micah; Epprecht, Michael; Lienhard, Pascal; Bartlett, Andrew; Sonethavixay, Sengphachanh; Namvong, Souvanthong; Vagneron, Isabelle; Ferrand, Pierre (14 March 2018). Alternative Futures for the Lao Uplands (Unpublished). In: Alternative Futures for the Lao Uplands. Luang Prabang, Lao PDR. 12-14 March 2018.

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The multifunctional landscapes of the Lao uplands are characterized both by their diversity of species, land uses and livelihood strategies and, increasingly, the rapid expansion of cash cropping, large-scale land investments and infrastructural developments. Upland communities are faced with unprecedented challenges as they seek to negotiate dynamic processes of change. We present key information on the current status of these changes—examining livelihood transitions and structural dynamics rooted in national policy frameworks—and propose alterative development pathways that build on, rather than replace, traditional systems of knowledge, practice, and the interconnectedness between human communities and their landscapes. In this series of presentations, we focus on: (1) Adding values to upland agriculture, proposing an inclusive vision and roadmap for sustainable upland development; (2) exploration of vulnerabilities and the adaptive capacity of upland communities in the face of change; (3) the elaboration of two sets of alternative futures, focusing on multifunctional approaches as a preferred alternative to mono-functional land systems and (4) present the current state of knowledge on landscape-based approaches for leveraging the development potential of upland agrobiodiversity and multifunctionality.

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10 Strategic Research Centers > Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

UniBE Contributor:

Ingalls, Micah and Epprecht, Michael


900 History > 910 Geography & travel


[UNSPECIFIED] Agence Française de Développement




Micah Ingalls

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08 May 2019 16:48

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17 Nov 2020 17:00




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