Community sustainable livelihoods
In 2019 we launched our 3-year project Community Resilience and biodiversity conservation in Nakai District, Lao PDR.
Our overall aims:
- Support the local communities in implementing innovative and sustainable approaches to bring alternative incomes and to preserve local traditional craftsmanship and cultural integrity
- Reduce reliance on natural resources in Nakai-Nam Theun National Park to contribute to biodiversity conservation in the region
To achieve this, we focus on village-level marketing and value chain strategy of native Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs) and the management of their use by local communities.
All our activities are based in Thaiphaibanh village cluster (one of the three village clusters within the Nakai – Nam Theun National Park; cf. Figure 1), where villagers are the most reliant from natural resources for their daily livelihoods. Villagers from this cluster have also been identified as the most vulnerable in terms of food security and income.
Nakai Women Handicraft Project
We train women in selected villages to produce jewelries from start to finish using as much as possible local materials (fabric, seeds etc.). The finished products are be purchased by Association Anoulak directly from the women participating in the project to bring them an alternative income and then sold to Association Anoulak’s partners for retail (e.g. zoo community). Currently, Anoulak jewelries are sold in several zoos in France and will soon be retailed in other countries. This project also provides the opportunity for fund raising and communication/awareness raising about our work.