Young researchers from our partner organisations have meet in Chiang Mai this summer. This was a second workshop for the ongoing project on land use change on agrobiodiversity funded by The Christensen Fund. The aim of the project is to develop a framework for assessing the effects of land use change on agrobiodiversity and to build the evidence base for land-use strategies that favour the maintenance and use of agrobiodiversity.
During the first workshop in Rome we developed methodologies for the study, after which the researchers worked with local communities to collect data. During the second workshop in Chiang Mai, we discussed the opportunities and challenges encountered during the field work; and shared and cleaned data on i) agrobiodiversity, ii) land uses and landscape management, and iii) farmers perception of ecosystem services and resilience. We have started the analyses and syntheses of the data to draw messages and conclusions.
The workshop was hosted by the Inter Mountain Peoples Education and Culture in Thailand (IMPECT) and Pgakenyaw Association for Sustainable Development (PASD). IMPECT is a non-governmental organisation working with indigenous communities in Thailand. IMPECT provides opportunities for participation and ownership of development activities to representatives of the different indigenous groups including the Akha, Dara-ang, Hmong, Kachin, Lahu, Lisu, Lua, Karen, Mien and Shan peoples.
Sonthana Maneerattanachaiyong, PASD, Thailand
Stanley Zira, SAFIRE, Zimbabwe
Helga Gruberg Cazón, Fundación Gaia Pacha, Bolivia
Lal Kumara Wakkumbure, The Green Movement, Sri Lanka
Maede Salimi, CENESTA, Iran
Epsha PAlikhey, LI-BIRD, Nepal
Reuben Mendakor Shabong, NESFAS, India
Alejandro González Álvarez, INIFAT, Cuba
Alberto Tarraza Rodríguez, INIFAT, Cuba
Natalia Estrada Carmona, Bioversity International, France
Toby Hodgkin, PAR
Dunja Mijatovic, PAR