Measuring participation: case studies on village land use planning in northern Lao PDR

Lestrelin, Guillaume, Bourgoin, Jeremy, Bouahom, Bounthanom and Castella, Jean-Christophe (2011) Measuring participation: case studies on village land use planning in northern Lao PDR. Applied Geography, 31 3: 950-958. doi:10.1016/j.apgeog.2011.01.003

Author Lestrelin, Guillaume
Bourgoin, Jeremy
Bouahom, Bounthanom
Castella, Jean-Christophe
Title Measuring participation: case studies on village land use planning in northern Lao PDR
Journal name Applied Geography   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0143-6228
Publication date 2011-07-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.apgeog.2011.01.003
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 31
Issue 3
Start page 950
End page 958
Total pages 9
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon
Language eng
Subject 1107 Forestry
3305 Geography, Planning and Development
2300 Environmental Science
1409 Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management
Abstract In the early 1990s, the Lao government launched a nationwide Land Use Planning and Land Allocation programme in a bid to foster socio-economic development while protecting the environment. However, the programme has long been perceived as having negative impacts on rural livelihoods. A central criticism was that limited local participation results in unsustainable land use plans; consequently, the government introduced significant changes into the process to enhance participation. This paper examines the extent to which the evolution of Laos' village land use planning has resulted in increased local participation and improved livelihoods. Local participation was assessed quantitatively in six study villages, in combination with more qualitative surveys on planning practices and influences on livelihoods and land uses. The analysis reveals that local participation increased only slightly from early planning initiatives until pilot implementation of the revised programme, known as Participatory Land Use Planning. It also shows that (participation in) planning had very limited influence on local land use patterns. Drawing on these findings, the paper explores ways to better translate plans into concrete actions and to effect tangible change in local practices.
Keyword Land use planning
Sustainable development
Case studies
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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