The community-based conservation leadership of Karen communities in Northern Thailand has convinced governments and researchers to revisit rotational agriculture and correct some of the negative assumptions that have deemed this practice to be destructive. PAR worked with local partners and researchers in Pgaz K’ Nyau in the province of Chiang Mai, to assess agrobiodiversity, and farmers’ perceptions of ecosystem services and factors that confer resilience.
Rotational farming is central for livelihoods and culture in this hilly forest landscape, where an impressive diversity of cultivated and wild plants was documented. Despite discouragement and bans of traditional practices, the communities have successfully fought to protect their land and way of life. The farmers continue to manage and conserve their resources through traditional and innovative ways.
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