Thai Version: "Climate Change, Trees and Livelihood: A Case Study on the Carbon Footprint of a Karen Community in Northern Thailand"


Conclusion of the Study:

Ways of life and agricultural patterns of highland peoples do not contribute adversely to climate change. On the contrary, traditional livelihood practices of these peoples are helping to balance the ecological system, effectively mitigate the adverse impacts of climate change and maintain a sustainable food security. The research has proven three major points:

--No chemical is used in shifting cultivation, all plants are grown naturally. Therefore, food products from these farms are safe for consumption and even healthier.

-- Different harvesting periods for different crops in shifting cultivation ensure that families have adequate food throughout the year.

--Shifting cultivation is a self-sufficient system; the community is able to produce food on their own and minimize food expenses. Therefore, shifting cultivation is precisely the means of their food security and is highly valued by the highland peoples.

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