Participatory Selection of Tree Species for Agroforestry on Sloping Land in North Korea uri icon

abstract

  • The action research project reported in this article used a participatory approach to select trees for sloping-land agroforestry as a key strategy for forest ecosystem restoration and local livelihood development. It was the first such project in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) to use a participatory approach, empowering local. user groups to develop their preferences for agroforestry species. Local knowledge of the multiple functions of agroforestry species ensured that the tree selection criteria included the value of timber, fruit, fodder, oil, medicines, fuelwood, and erosion control. Involving 67 farmers from 3 counties, this participatory selection process resulted in Prunus armeniaca, Castanea crenata, and Ziziphus jujube being selected as the top 3 species for the development of sloping-land agroforestry in North Hwanghae Province. These trees embody what the region's farmers value most: erosion control, production of fruit, and economic Value. The participatory approach in agroforestry could help to meet both local needs for food security and the national objective of environmental conservation and has great potential for wide adaptation in North Korea and beyond.

publication date

  • 2015
  • 2015