SDM Project: Supporting and Promoting the Karen Indigenous Socio-ecological Production System in Northern Thailand

28.02.2015

SUBMITTED ORGANISATION

Indigenous Knowledge and Peoples Foundation (IKAP)

PARTNER ORGANISATIONS

IMPECT: community mapping technical support

Tambol Administrative Organization (TAO) and Mae Lanoi District Governor: provide support and cooperation from the government

FPP: technical support on linkages to CBD and IPSI matters

KNCE and PASD: provide coordination for technical support and relevant to expand model into other Karen communities in Thailand.

DATE OF SUBMISSION

February 2015

REGION

Asia

COUNTRY

Thailand

KEYWORDS

Sundarbans, Mangrove, Traditional system, co-approach, policy

FOCAL POINT

Dr.Prasert Trakansupakorn, Director

SDM website

More information is available here

Abstract

In Thailand, Karen people’s traditional livelihood system is recognised by the Ministry of Culture as an important heritage of the country based on a Thai Cabinet Resolution in 2010. Further, the revision of the Resolution in 2013 recognised the Karen people’s rotational farming system as a cultural herigage. Regardless of these national policies, the Karen’s socio-ecological production system in Mae Umphai village was placed under the threat of replacement due to commercial corn production. As this would seriously affect the livelihood of the villagers, IKAP proposed a project to strengthen Karen people’s traditional production system that centred on traditional rotational farming.

Mosaic landscape in a rotational farming area
© Nutdanai Trakansuphakon

A Karen woman explaining about traditional crop varieties © Prasert Tarakansuphakon