The 9th TABI National Steering Committee meeting

The 9th TABI National Steering Committee (NSC) was organized on Tuesday afternoon, 3rd October 2017 at NAFRI Meeting Hall; the meeting was chaired by Dr. Phouang Parisack Pravongviengkham, Deputy Minister of MAF and co-chaired by Mr. Martin Hasler, Deputy Director of Cooperation, Swiss Cooperation Office for the Mekong Region. There were a total of 44 participants representing MAF, SDC, MoNRE, NUoL, LWU, LNFC, NIRAS, CDE, PAFOs, News, PCOs/PFOs and CU/SO, that included 12 females and 05 foreigners.
The objectives of the meeting were to: present overall reorientation of Phase 3, achievements in 2017 and plan for 2017/2018 and agree on institutional arrangements for TABI Phase 3 and Annual Work plan 2017/2018, there also aim to exhibit and display information and products related to TABI related work.
Project team presented the achievements in last 6 months of 2017 and activities plan for 2017-2018, including component 1: Agro-biodiversity livelihood options, component 2: Forest and Agriculture Land Use Planning and Management (FALUPAM), and component 3: ABD knowledge management and exchange tools support evidence based decision making. There was also an information display of various activities and products with support from TABI.
Some of the main discussion points centered ensuring that TABI has a sound institutional base to ensure sustainability after the project ends. The Chairperson, Dr. Phouang Parisack Pravongviengkham mentioned that the biggest challenge is to develop ABD livelihood options in sustainable term. For example, in Xiengkhouang Province, honey is being produced and sold, but will it be sustainable after the project ends? Likewise, the “Forest Tea” has high potential, but packaging needs to be smart and attractive. To do this we need to engage private sector. The “crispy river weed production” in Louangprabang also must link to value chain for sustainability.
As Mr. Martin Hasler, Deputy Director of Cooperation, SDC, observed that TABI has made good progress in the last six months to been to prioritize from the initial 24 ABD livelihood options to 7 priority products to focus on in the coming years. He mentioned is also refreshing to see how many different actors and line agencies are getting involved in these activities.
Another issue that arose concerned forest and agriculture land use planning. TABI’s approach and contribution to land use planning is important and needs to be institutionalized. The Chair urged TABI and DALAM to finalize the manual and present for approval. In addition, issues related to how the approach aligns to Department of Forestry’s policies need to be discussed and agreed upon. Along these lines, it was mentioned that a strategy for handing over the data and geo-spatial information generated from TABI needs to be developed. This will ensure that once the project ends the information is used.
The final issue that was agreed upon was the institutional arrangements for TABI moving forward.
The Chairperson, Dr. Phouang Parisack Pravongviengkham informed participants that the MAF leadership has decided TABI will be under NAFRI, and NAFRI will act as a coordinator to link all concerned technical departments to develop specific TABI activity plans according to their official role and responsibility. DoPF will play a supervising role.
The 9th National Steering Committee provided strong support for TABI moving forward, particularly in linking to government line agencies.

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