A model of the science-practice-policy interface in participatory land-use planning: lessons from Laos

Castella, Jean-Christophe, Bourgoin, Jeremy, Lestrelin, Guillaume and Bouahom, Bounthanom (2014) A model of the science-practice-policy interface in participatory land-use planning: lessons from Laos. Landscape Ecology, 29 6: 1095-1107. doi:10.1007/s10980-014-0043-x

Author Castella, Jean-Christophe
Bourgoin, Jeremy
Lestrelin, Guillaume
Bouahom, Bounthanom
Title A model of the science-practice-policy interface in participatory land-use planning: lessons from Laos
Journal name Landscape Ecology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1572-9761
Publication date 2014-07
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10980-014-0043-x
Open Access Status
Volume 29
Issue 6
Start page 1095
End page 1107
Total pages 13
Place of publication Dordrecht, Netherlands
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract An essential task of participatory action-research is to help close the policy implementation gap that leads to large discrepancies between policy frameworks and local practices. Too often, official regulations, laws and decrees fail to translate into concrete action on the ground. Loose institutional linkages between research, extension and local communities are often blamed as the main culprits for this gap. In turn, many stakeholders call for enhanced participation as a way to bring together scientists, development practitioners and local communities in negotiating competing claims for natural resources and designing realistic pathways towards sustainable development. Despite such general consensus about the value of participation, the latter cannot be decreed nor imposed. Participation is an emerging quality of collective-action and social-learning processes. In this paper, the experience of participatory land-use planning conducted in Laos serves to illustrate a model of the science-practice-policy interface that was developed to facilitate the interactions between three groups of stakeholders, i.e. scientists, planners and villagers, in designing future landscapes. Emphasis was put on developing an approach that is generic and adaptive enough to be applied nationally while engaging local communities in context-sensitive negotiations. The set of tools and methods developed through action-research contributed to enhanced communication and participation from initial consultation and cooperation stages towards collective decision-making and action. Both the activity of landscape design and the resulting patterns can be improved by incorporating landscape science in strategic multi-stakeholder negotiations.
Keyword Land-use planning
Boundary objects
Landscape governance
Southeast Asia
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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