Outcome 2 Participatory Forest and Land Use Planning

Outcome 2 Participatory Forest and Land Use Planning

TABI has developed an improved approach to, and processes for, Forest and Land Use Planning, Allocation and Management (FLUPAM), which (i) integrates current village-land use and livelihoods and indigenous knowledge, and (ii) promotes land zonation and management which is realistic, and ABD and villager friendly. This is a complex sector, due to the difficult geography in the uplands, a wide range of GoL policies, and the burgeoning demand for land (and mining and hydropower) by regional mega-businesses. Thus, FALUPAM advocates a well considered strategic approach and attention to detail. The key outputs under this Outcome are:

1. FLUPAM Tools are verified, revised, officially accepted and then published and disseminated;

2. Improved capacity of GoL agencies and selected CS/PS partners to implement effective FLUPAM.

3. FALUPAM is demonstrated, monitored and updated in target villages and Districts.

4. Co-ordination in regard to LUP and FLUPAM is effectively undertaken in non-TABI target areas.


Key elements of the FALUPAM process:

 Ataking time, and making repeated visits  and workshops with villages:

(i) working with villages to develop geo-maps of their landscapes is a crucial, often overlooked, 1st step.

(ii) mapping and understanding current land use and forest cover is essential – but very difficult to do without discipline, thought, an eye for detail, and listening to villages;

(iii) 10 sets of data are gathered - at group and some household level, and used for a range of purposes.

B: Working in 'villages clusters'

TABI promotes working with the GoLs village cluster, were possible, which fits in nicely with the need to make repeated visits to villages.

This system does not take more time, per village (than the 1 village approach), but leads to great efficiencies in budget, technical skills application and results.

C: Full use of detailed satellite imagery and aerials photos, with villagers.

D: Creative yet disciplined  GIS protocols, to eventually develop a national GIS system.

E: Development of detailed forest and land classes systems - now accepted by the bulk of projects and GoL agencies

F: Innovative interpretation of GoL policies, especially regarding forestry, shifting cultivation, and food security.

TABI is facilitating FALUPAM in the following areas (not including out-scaling in non-target provinces):




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Number of District

 Number of village clusters  

 Number of villages


Luang Prabang

4 districts

7 village clusters

50 villages

includes monitoring 3 completed villager cluster

Xieng Khouang

2 Districts

5 village clusters

32 villages

includes monitoring 3 completed villager clusters


3 Districts

3 village clusters

19 villages

some based on "watershed"