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News of VC workshop
Time:2015.06.16 11:49:41

Xishuangbanna Agro forestry and NTFP Value Chain Second Consultation Workshop has successfully enabled around 40 participants presenting a range of stakeholders from academics, local authorities, communities to industry associations to review the findings and conclusions of ADB consultant’s on the ecologic chain value and to corroborate the selection of priority value chains in Jinghong, captial of Xishuangbanna prefecture, Yunnan Province, China,on 30th Arpil.

ADB initiated The Core Environment Program (CEP) since 2006 to support the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) in delivering environmentally friendly economic growth. Facilitating the value chain development for priority agro-forestry and NTFP products from biodiversity conservation landscapes in the GMS is one of ongoing project. An ADB consultant team has made an initial site visit to Xishuangbanna including field visits to communities, and held productive discussions with a wide range of stakeholders. A situation analysis has been completed and initial identification of priority products has been accomplished in 2014.

In 1950’s Xishuanbanna started rubber plantation in state farms as national development strategy to countermine the resource shortage, in 1980, the rising high price of rubber pulled the trigger for a massive expansion of rubber plantation by destroying tropical rain forests.Over the last half century, rubber plantation rapid expansion (424,552ha) making up 24% of the total land and 47% of low land area (below 900m altitude) of Xishuangbanna. In 2014, the dry rubber yield reached 334 thousand tons, taking 40% percentage of total output of China. Aloneside of great fortune, rubber plantation also led to habitat loss and forest fragmentation which regarded as  the major threaten to biodiversity in Xishuangbana. Local government and farmers are facing the severe environmental degradation and climate change caused by mono-cultivation of rubber plantation. As Xishuangbana locates in one core area of ten most important biodiverstiy hot point in the world,  the quick and big loss of speics attracted serious attention from wide stakeholders, including ADB. “Most rubber trees planted in 1980s are steping into replanting period. It is the right time to develop a strategy and approach for rebuilding a biological value chain in Xishuangbanna. The emphasis on development should be put on eco-friendly rubber practices; application of traditional agro forestry of tea planting and biodiversity based agriculture and reforestation as well as eco-tourism and health-care based development”, addressed by Professor Pei, noted ethnobotanicalresearcher from Yunnan Botany Academy.

"In the past decade, the high economic growth in Asian Countries  mainly relied on  the natural capital exploitation. How to facilitate the proper value chain interventions to reinvest natural property is the challenge most all are facing now” said Mr. Teo Dang Do, Biodiversity Landscapes & Livelihoods Coordinator from ADB EOC, adding that project aims to explore viable business models which benefit both environment and people.

The workshop was  lively and heated discussions took place, all stakeholders got a chance to express their ideas and thoughts. Participants were divided in four groups by their interest to identify suitable products and business models for four value chain systems proposed by the ADB consultant, namely eco-rubber, eco-tea, eco-bamboo and eco-garden. The result of the selection will be used as the basis for future feasibility studies for ADB and other  parties interested in investment.

" With ADB support, we could successfully brought together international and domestic advanced theories and practices in ecologic value chain development in this project, what we learnt from this project will be very helpful for our future planning of economic development model”, said Mr. Yang Yun, Deputy Director of Xishuangbanna Environment Protection Bureau.
 
Source: ICD of YNEPD

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