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P3DM for Participatory Land Use Planning (PLUP) in India

 

1:5,000-scale models were in the villages of Ngainga, Hundung Godah, Soraphung, Talui and Shirui Kashong range/ cluster, Ukhrul District, India. (Yr 2006)

Method/tools: P3DM and GIS

Note: Land tenure is extremely complex in the Project context. The traditional clan controlled-system, which secured subsistence cultivation rights and access to forest produce, is presently rapidly eroding. The uncertainty of long-term access to land, or the ownership status, is one of the major limiting factors when a farmer or a community makes decisions on land use and on longer-term investments.

More details on the exercise:

The Participatory 3-Dimensional Model (P3DM), as a participatory approach to land use management was introduced in the Ukhrul District Community Resource Management Society (UDCRMS), a project unit of the North Eastern Region Community Resource Management Project (NERCORMP), a joint project of the Government of India (NEC/Ministry of DoNER) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). P3DMs were constructed in the villages of Ngainga, Hundung Godah, Soraphung, Talui and Shirui Kashong range/ cluster, Ukhrul District.

In order to capture the experience of the P3DM in land use management in Ukhrul district, ENRAP together with NERCORMP conducted a systematization process of documentation from 28th February ‘til the 6th of March 2006. The general objective is to answer the basic question on how P3DM is used in land use management in villages where they are installed.


Image courtesy of NERCORMP, 2006


Image courtesy of NERCORMP, 2006

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 The Systematization Documentation Team (SDT) composed of four persons, visited the villages of Ngainga and Hundung Godah. Based on the primary and secondary data/information gathered, the team observed that overall, the P3DM has brought changes to these communities among others, deeper understanding of their village geography, improved village communication and planning capacity, improved land use management, stronger community cohesion, and better access to basic services from line departments. The benefits derived from the P3DM according to the people, outweigh the cost and effort put into the construction of the model.

It was further observed that land use, especially the enforcement of policies to ensure judicious use of natural resources, was effectively carried out with the participation of the people at the village in cooperation with villages at the cluster level together with the active involvement of concerned government line departments.

Based on the interaction with the villagers, the team clearly observed that the P3DM can guide the communities towards strategic land use. The villagers have taken a strong sense of ownership of the P3DM. The good experience on P3DM has also reached other project villages. They requested the project staff to assist them to construct a P3DM. There were also non-project villages that requested the project to provide them with training and help them construct a P3DM in their villages. They expressed willingness to shoulder the cost to be incurred in the construction of the model.

Unless the project takes a more comprehensive perspective on the value of P3DM in land use management and continually equip the staff and the community with the required technical capability to handle P3DM, additional construction of P3DM will not be fully optimized.

logo ifadThe challenge now is how to make P3DM a dynamic approach in land use management. How it can be nurtured to continually contribute to the development of the villages even after Project life.

Source: NERCORMP; published with permission from NERCORMP (Obtailed on Monday, March 19, 2007 at 6:57 AM)

Model produced in the framework of the IFAD-supported North Eastern Region Community Resource Management Project for Upland Areas (NERCRMP) by villagers in the Ngainga, Hundung Godah, Soraphung, Talui and Shirui Kashong range/ cluster. The project is a joint initiative of the Government of India (GoI) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). The North Eastern Council (NEC) and the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) represent the Government of India in the Project set-up. The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) located in Bangkok is the Cooperating Institution for project supervision in implementation.

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