Xanthophyllum Glaucum Wall Plantation Activity, Beung Kiat Ngong Wetland, Phatoumphone District, Champhasack Province.
1st June of each year is assigned as International Plantation’s Day (as per the improvement of Forestry Law, Degree number 06/¦²§, dated 24 Dec 2007, Part 10, Article 119), Even though the International Plantation’s Day has been passed away, however the season is still facilitated for us to be able to implement the plantation, so that Xanthophyllum Glaucum Wall plantation activity is implemented as per the topic “Restoring Life to Nature”.
Therefore, on the 4 July 2012, Mekong Water Dialogue (MWD), IUCN in cooperation with local community, village authority of Phommalue, Kiat Ngong and Top Sok village and Phatoumphone District Authority as a representative of Provincial Steering Committee for Beung Kiat Ngong Wetland Management, and District Natural Resources and Environmental Office, District Agriculture and Forestry Office and Provincial Secretariat for Beung Kiat Ngong Wetland Management which is coordination line to the Provincial Department of Natural Resources and Environment, attended and chairmen by Mr. Soulivanh Sawatthasin (Phatoumphone District Governor and as a provincial wetland management committee), Mr. Bounsai Saphangthong (Deputy Director of Provincial Natural Resources and Environmental Department), Mr. Saly Siriphokha (Deputy Director of Provincial Agriculture and Forestry Department), and all related technical from province, district, village authority from 8 villages together with more than 80 villagers (6 women) from Phommalue’s community.
Xanthophyllum Glaucum Wall plantation is one of the Beung Kiat Ngong Wetland management activities and as one of the two RAMSA sites in Lao PDR. This is the first time for the plantation activities due to in the past; they only planted in the upland areas and never plant in the wetland areas.
After the Beung Kiat Ngong Wetland has been promoted as a RAMSA’s membership since 2010, therefore Xanthophyllum Glaucum Wall plantation activity is one of other activities for managing the Beung Kiat Ngong wetland and other main objective is to recover the abundance ecological system for this wetland area. In previous years, we lack of proper management planning, so that the community likes to cut down these trees and some people destroy the Xanthophyllum Glaucum for their agriculture expansion areas. So that the most priority activity is to recover the abundance of this forest back to the nature and the other reason is that the Xanthophyllum Glaucum forest is the place where the habitats use for living especially the insects which are the foods for various kinds of birds, and its leafs can be consumed as community’s foods and its wastes can be fish’s foods.
The preparation for Xanthophyllum Glaucum Wall plantation activity is implemented since Aug 2011, the Xanthophyllum Glaucum Wall’s seedlings are planned to be planted at least 5,000 units, but we can only plant a bit over 3,000 units. But due to our lacking experience on preparing its seedlings, we only can plant 2,800 units of Xanthophyllum Glaucum Wall’s seedlings.
Village Authority is assigned to implement the planting activity, of which 3 villages was handovered to plant within 5 places around Beung Kiat Ngong wetland areas such as: (1) DonHor, (2) Anouluck Guest House, (3) Bang On Guest House, which belong to Kiat Ngong village (1,100 units in total will be planted 3 places), (4) Nongseng, which belongs to Top Sok village (1,000 units in total will be planted) and (5) Nong Jok which belongs to Phommalue village (700 units in total).
The families whose farms are near the plantation areas are assigned to look after the plantation, and the Provincial Forestry Department has provided the Teak seedlings to compensate the labour and they can be grown along their paddy fields.