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Challenges for environmentally sustainable development of natural resources in the Nam Ou Karst, Northern Laos

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Kiernan, K, Challenges for environmentally sustainable development of natural resources in the Nam Ou Karst, Northern Laos, Acta Carsologica, 40, (2) pp. 341-355. ISSN 0583-6050 (2011) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.3986/ac.v40i2.18

Abstract

A very low level of social and economic development in the Nam Ou karst is in part the result of its remoteness and rugged terrain. The karst poses both opportunities and challenges for environmentally sustainable land use beneficial to the small communities scattered through the area. Negative legacies of past human activity include soil erosion and a reduction in primary forest cover due to a long history of swidden agriculture, and environmental damage generated during wartime. A variety of natural resource development projects are now planned or under way, but progress towards true sustainability is impeded by the very limited resources available to address environmental concerns, which poses particular hazard for karst conservation and management.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:karst, sustainable development, Nam Ou, Laos
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Environmental management
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Fresh, ground and surface water systems and management
Objective Field:Assessment and management of freshwater ecosystems
UTAS Author:Kiernan, K (Dr Kevin Kiernan)
ID Code:78031
Year Published:2011
Web of Science® Times Cited:4
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:2012-06-12
Last Modified:2012-10-10
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