Participatory Scenarios for Sustainable Management of an ASB Benchmark site in Thailand: The case of Mae Kong Kha Subwatershed of Mae Chaem Watershed.

TitleParticipatory Scenarios for Sustainable Management of an ASB Benchmark site in Thailand: The case of Mae Kong Kha Subwatershed of Mae Chaem Watershed.
Publication TypeWorkshop Papers
AuthorsThongbai P, Pipattwattanakul D, Preechapanya P, Manassrisuksi K, Huaysai D,
Secondary TitleInternational symposium ’Towards sustainable livelihoods and Ecosystems in mountainous regions'.
PublisherASB Partnership
Year of Publication2006
Date Published March 2006
Publication LanguageEnglish
AbstractParticipatory scenarios for natural resources management and planning (PSNRMP) is a novel technique for 'participatory planning' in which all the stakeholders join in a well-structured discussion on how they want their community to be and what actions should be taken to achieve those goals set by the community while academic/researchers just provide scientific information needed during the planning process. This technique has been used successfully elsewhere in the world, and could be a useful tool for easing the conflict as well as empowering local communities and administrators to participate in planning for sustainable natural resources managements. The purposes of this study were: 1) to conduct a pilot PSNRMP in the project area; 2) to introduce the concept and scenarios process to all stakeholders, the community, decision makers, and researchers; 3) to validate the outcome with the larger scale expert scenarios previously conducted for the watershed; 4) to explore the appropriate mechanisms/ methodologies/logistics for PSNRMP, and mechanism(s) for crossscale integration with the global ASB sites and 5) to share lessons learnt with ASB and other communities. PSNRMP was conducted according to the ASB-MA guidelines with three wellstructured workshops of 25 participants equally distributed to represent all stakeholders and groups of genders, age, ethnic backgrounds, locations along the stream, and all sectors involved in the communities. After the 3rd workshop, not only was the upstream-downstream conflict resolved, but also seven recommendations/policies were developed for proposing to the Subdistrict Administrative Organization. Some recommendations, especially for conserving natural resources using indigenous knowledge, were different from those suggested by the previous expert scenarios. This study provides not only plausible policies from the community for sustainable management of the Mae Kong Kha Sub-watershed, but also the possibility to validate the larger-scale expert scenarios as well as cross-scale integration for both national and among international ASB sites.
KeywordsASB, Ecosystems in mountainous regions, Scenarios for Sustainable Management, sustainable livelihoods
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