Sato Village Framework Development Plan in the Xiengkhouang Province
In line with the SATO Village Framework Development Plan, Overseas Environmental Cooperation Center, Japan (OECC) Technical Committee commenced a scheme “the SATO Village Framework Development Plan in Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Laos)” in fiscal year 2008. This scheme is conducted independently by OECC to facilitate the SATOYAMA Initiative proposed by the Japanese government, and is a Participatory Learning and Action (PLA) designed for the villages in the north of Laos to promote socio-ecological production system (landscape) for the purpose of harmonizing environmental conservation with rural development.
|【SATO Village Framework Development Plan】
The Sato Village Framework is founded on the traditional socio-ecological production systems or “landscapes” that are the inheritance of every region of the world and that constitute the basis for the “Satoyama Initiative” launched by Japan. It aims to maximize the utilization of natural resources, such as is seen with agro-forestry, within the lifestyles of people engaged in agriculture, forestry, livestock farming, and fishery, and, by combining these endeavors with such securement of human security as education and public health and an ensured means of communication, seeks to create what we call a “life-based environmental society,” that is, a society in harmony with nature.
The residents of the Sato Village Framework live in the natural environment in a sustainable manner. They skillfully utilize the resources in the land and natural world around them to maximize their value. They aim to ensure that any changes they bring about will be in accord with the betterment of human life. Through sustainable management and coexistence with the natural world, they build a rich production system for human life of a kind that has not been obtainable through economic development based on the promotion of industry.
This “Development Plan” explores the idea of launching the Satoyama Initiative-based Sato Village Framework in Xieng Khouang Province. It is designed to advance the efforts of the Laotian people to build a society in harmony with nature, based on new values that enable a balance between sustainable resource management and quality human life. The process also seeks to promote the participation of a broad array of Laotian stakeholders in their own development.
When this project ended in December 2011, an evaluation team was dispatched to assess the project’s performance and outcomes and to identify lessons learnt, so that those lessons learnt can be then applied to similar future projects.
Mission Report available here; Evaluation on Participatory Learning and Action (PLA) for Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resources Management – May 2012 (PDF)