Wild cardamom plantation for sustainable forest management [Lao People's Democratic Republic]

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1. General information

1.2 Contact details of resource persons and institutions involved in the assessment and documentation of the Approach

Name of project which facilitated the documentation/ evaluation of the Approach (if relevant)
Scaling-up SLM practices by smallholder farmers (IFAD)
Name of the institution(s) which facilitated the documentation/ evaluation of the Approach (if relevant)
National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute (NAFRI) - Lao People's Democratic Republic

1.3 Conditions regarding the use of data documented through WOCAT

When were the data compiled (in the field)?


The compiler and key resource person(s) accept the conditions regarding the use of data documented through WOCAT:


2. Description of the SLM Approach

2.3 Photos of the Approach

2.5 Country/ region/ locations where the Approach has been applied


Lao People's Democratic Republic

Region/ State/ Province:

Attapue province

Further specification of location:

Xayxay district

6. Impact analysis and concluding statements

6.4 Strengths/ advantages of the Approach

Strengths/ advantages/ opportunities in the land user’s view
Reduced conflicts regarding cardamom harvest that formerly was collected in the open forest.
Increase in forest cover.
Improved soil in the slash and burn shifting cultivation area.
Strengths/ advantages/ opportunities in the compiler’s or other key resource person’s view
Preservation of the forest resources and improvement of the local ecosystem through this sustainable cardamom cultivation.
The former traditional and extensive cardamom collection in the forests has been reduced, but the new cardamom plantation technique stabilized at the same time the shifting cultivation area.

6.5 Weaknesses/ disadvantages of the Approach and ways of overcoming them

Weaknesses/ disadvantages/ risks in the land user’s view How can they be overcome?
The higher amount of cardamom plants in the humid forest promoted snakes and mosquitos.
The land users had difficulties to find suitable cardamom seedlings, because the natural forests are very messy and humid.
The strict eradication of the slash-and-burn practice by the new land allocation policy, limited and threat the traditional cardamom collection.

7. References and links

7.1 Methods/ sources of information

  • field visits, field surveys


  • interviews with land users


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