Village survey and communication forum

1. Background
       
The communication and co-existence with society are one of LPFL’S main policies. LPFL management needs to understand how the local population is using the land, especially within our project area. The village survey will help to identify problems and allows the villager’s the opportunity to express their opinions on our operations.  We have conducted village survey with 147 villages in our project area, Bolikhamxay Province and Khammouane Province since 2011. 

2. Purpose
    ‹  To understand current land use, forest utilization and livelihood in the villages around LPFL plantation.
    ‹  To attain feedback on villager’s opinion on LPFL operations, within their communities. 

3. Method
    ‹  Term: 1 Nov 2011- 19 Dec 2012
    ‹  
Method: Interview using questionnaire
    ‹  Interviewer: LPFL staff  (Photo 1)
    ‹  Respondent: 
      1.  Village committee (Head of village, Vice head of village)
      2.  3 people / Village (women group, young men’s association, elderly person)
           Number of respondents: 147 village committee and 441 villagers
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Target area: 147 villages that have plantations located in close proximity.            
      (Bolikhamxay Province: 56 villages, Khammouane Province: 91 villages)

   Number of village and respondents in village survey

Province

District

No. of Village

No. of  Respondent

Bolikhamxay

Thaphabath

Paksan

Borlikhan

Pakkading

10

12

7

27

30

36

21

81

Khammouane

Hinboun

Thakhaek

Mahaxay

Bualapha

61

14

12

4

183

42

36

12

Total

8

147

441

                     

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                               Photo1 Interviewing a villager

 

 

4. Result
      LPFL identified the area where NTFPs (Non-timber forest products), spiritual forests and cultural land within our management area. These location data are then recorded as GIS data for maps and for use in the management plan.
      NTFPs generally exist within the buffer zones within the management areas and approximately 55% of all respondents have indicated that they utilize these areas. Common NTFPs are fungi(mushrooms), bamboo shoots, animals, fish and birds (Photo2 & 3).
      LPFL will identify and then leave these areas for use by the local populations and will adjust management practices to these areas during the operations when establishing, maintaining and harvesting plantations. 

   

           

 Photo2  Bamboo shoot in Phonesaath                                                Photo3  Fungi (Mushroom) in Houaytew 

        Grave yards, cemeteries and spiritual forests are also identified in conjunction with the local inhabitants within the management areas.

      An example is exhibited below: discussion with Phova village, Nakaikia village and Phonesoung village, on how to manage these areas identified, and consensus with the local inhabitants was  to leave them as they are.

Province

District

Village

Significant Item

Management plan

Khammouan

 

Mahaxay

Phova

Grave yard

Identify, Map, Respect, No operation in the area

Thakhek

Nakaikia

Old cemetery

Hinboun

Phonesoung

Spiritual forest

        In addition, we also identified that approximately 55% of all respondents are using our management for grazing of livestock.

        Some comments and requests from respondents during interview are listed below:

1. A village:
      ‹  Issues: “villagers said LPFL said will repair road for village three times but repair only one time at the first”.
      ‹  Corrective action as reported in corrective action register: “Region manager go to village, according of discussion between  Head of village & Region manager about repair the road for village, before that Head of village did not made proposal letter to LPFL, so they understand , for next time if have plan to repair road Head of village will make proposal letter to LPFL to consider for helping them”. 

2. B village:
      ‹  Issue: “villagers request to LPFL do not use herbicide (Glyphosate), because villagers are worried that herbicide will be harmed to their livestock”.
      ‹  Corrective action as reported in the corrective action register: “LPFL has been to explain the safeness of Glyphosate to village before operation and we use Glyphosate only if village committee allows using it. However lots of villagers are still worried on the effect of Glyphosate. LPFL will go to explain the behavior and safeness to villagers.” 

3. C village:
     ‹  Issues: “Villager think the fish is less than before because of eucalyptus leaves falling down to the stream and it made not good smell.”
     ‹  Corrective action as recorded in the corrective action register: “Region managers go to explain about the smell cause of less fish as villager complain, so we explain that eucalyptus is not the cause of less fish, but possible cause of less fish is the villagers fishing many for business& fishing wrong method. So that make fish less, finally they understand this matter and Head of village will help to explain more about this to the villagers who do not understand.”

 

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