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Participatory and integrated research in mountainous regions of Thailand and Vietnam: Approaches and lessons learned
Andreas Neef; Franz Heidhues; Karl Stahr; Pittaya Sruamsiri
Corresponding AuthorAndreas N
2006-12
Source PublicationJOURNAL OF MOUNTAIN SCIENCE
ISSN1672-6316
Volume3Issue:4Pages:305–324
AbstractParticipatory and integrated research approaches employed by a long-term Thai-Vietnamese-German collaborative research program, ‘The Uplands Program’, that address the vicious circles of resource scarcity, environmental degradation and rural poverty in mountainous regions of northern Thailand and northern Vietnam are discussed in this paper. We present two examples from the Thai component of the research program to show how different disciplines and stakeholders need to cooperate at different scales to make meaningful scientific contributions towards sustainable land use and rural development in mountainous regions. The case of resource conservation in the Thai highlands shows that local and scientific knowledge, conventional surveys and participatory modeling can be creatively combined. Integrated research on the potential of integrating fruit trees and associated technologies into mountain farming systems suggests that natural scientists have to work alongside economists and social scientists to avoid harmful effects of purely technology-driven and productivity-enhancing approaches. The success of new technologies cannot be measured solely by adoption rates and yield increases, but also needs to take into account their long-term impact on various groups of farmers and the ecological, economic and social trade-offs that they entail. Technical and institutional innovations need to go hand in hand to provide viable livelihood opportunities for smallholder farmers in mountain watersheds. The major lesson learned from the first six years of our research in the mountains of Thailand and Vietnam is that conventional and participatory approaches are not antagonistic; if scientists from various disciplines and research paradigms are open-minded, the combination of both approaches can produce meaningful results that cater for the needs of both the academic community and local stakeholders in mountain environments.
KeywordIntegrated Research Participatory Approaches Local And Scientific Knowledge Thailand Vietnam
Language英语
Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.imde.ac.cn/handle/131551/6128
CollectionJournal of Mountain Science _Journal of Mountain Science-2006_Vol3 No.4
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Andreas Neef,Franz Heidhues,Karl Stahr,et al. Participatory and integrated research in mountainous regions of Thailand and Vietnam: Approaches and lessons learned[J]. JOURNAL OF MOUNTAIN SCIENCE,2006,3(4):305–324.
APA Andreas Neef,Franz Heidhues,Karl Stahr,&Pittaya Sruamsiri.(2006).Participatory and integrated research in mountainous regions of Thailand and Vietnam: Approaches and lessons learned.JOURNAL OF MOUNTAIN SCIENCE,3(4),305–324.
MLA Andreas Neef,et al."Participatory and integrated research in mountainous regions of Thailand and Vietnam: Approaches and lessons learned".JOURNAL OF MOUNTAIN SCIENCE 3.4(2006):305–324.
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