Schweizer Vertretungen im Ausland
Maintaining high biodiversity in agro-ecosystems contributes to poverty reduction in rural livelihoods. Better knowledge, tools and institutional arrangements are needed to support poverty alleviation and preserve biodiversity. Considering the current development context in Lao PDR, WWF supports the conservation and sustainable economic use of rattan and bamboo, aiming at improving the livelihood of upland farmers and enhancing the policy environment.
Landwirtschaft und Ernährungssicherheit
Lao PDR is considered a “mega-bio-diverse” country where ABD is a key source of food and income security especially for the rural poor in the uplands. The country is undergoing a rapid transition and sees a continued economic growth, with a GDP growth of around 7% for 2016 and 2017. Agriculture remains the main income source for nearly 70% of the population. The Government has determined agriculture development as a priority and has established guidelines to shift from subsistence agriculture to market-oriented agriculture. As a result, the access to non-timber forest products (NTFPs) such as rattan has come under pressure, also because policies lack a clear framework for NTFPs. The challenge is how to adapt the Lao farming systems to meet the national development goals – incl. poverty reduction – and to provide an attractive alternative to industrial commercial crops.
Forest-dependent communities have improved livelihoods through equitable access to land and forest, participation in the management of, and the sustainable use of rattan and bamboo resources, and through a more conducive policy environment.
Direct beneficiaries are:
Indirect beneficiaries are:
Outcome 1: By 2020, a bamboo and rattan policy framework is developed in the Lao PDR to enable a growing FSC-certified rattan and bamboo business that benefits local livelihoods.
Outcome 2: By 2020, communities are empowered to sustainably manage forests rich in rattan and bamboo in target villages.
Outcome 3: By 2020, rattan and bamboo producers, processors and traders have gained the capacity to match international standards and promote FSC products internationally, regionally and locally.
Resultate von früheren Phasen:
From 2013 to early 2017, through a partial action within the AgroBiodiversity Initiative (TABI) project, SDC contributed to WWF’s rattan activities. This contribution aimed mostly at building capacity of rural farmers in rattan / bamboo production, forest management and development of commercial links (f.ex., rattan baskets produced in Laos can be found on Coop supermarket shelves in Switzerland). During these four years, the project has managed to directly assist 4’954 rural farmers and ensured the sustainable management of 28,688 hectares of forests, including 10,949 hectares of FSC-certified forests using the land use planning approach developed by SDC’s TABI project. Moreover, at national level, the project initiated the development of a draft national strategy for the rattan and bamboo value chains (in collaboration with GRET, RECOFTC and TABI) through the creation of a multi-stakeholder platform. At the end of this project cycle, activity results and partnerships are highly positive, but the project shows important needs for further support to strengthen and sustain the developed activities.
Internationale oder ausländische NGO
Individuals and entities involved in agrobiodiversity, forest management, farmers’ organization and value-chain development and policy dialogue.
|Koordination mit anderen Projekten und Akteuren||
TABI, GRET bamboo initiative, LURAS, RECOFTC, MRLG, NAFRI, SIDA, IKEA foundation and private sector.
|Budget||Laufende Phase Schweizer Beitrag CHF 440’000 Bereits ausgegebenes Schweizer Budget CHF 382’831|