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Dear Phoutthasinh, One some of the specific points you raise about water, land and forests: Water: In fact only a few households (15) mentioned access to water, and further investigation is needed to judge what their exact concern was. In terms of livelihoods, almost all households on the plateau have been fishing successfully in the reservoir, benefitting from a boom in fish stocks to earn both monetary income and for their own consumption. There are many more fish available than before relocation, when they used to fish in small forest pools and streams. Some have done very well indeed. I’ll be discussing this in a bit more detail in a future blog. Forest: Thanks for the document on NTFPs in Lao PDR. While I have been taking Lao lessons since my arrival I my reading isn’t quite good enough yet to read these types of documents in Lao language- is there an English translation available? It looks interesting, and I was just wondering about your comment on (one of?) the findings. Was the income taking into account own consumption, or just monetary income? In any case, other data certainly confirm the high levels of dependence on natural resources highlighted by the report you mention. I’m going to present a bit more on NTFPs and forests in a future blog so won’t discuss in detail here. But you’re certainly right that it is important to look at the NTFPs villagers collect in the Village Forestry Association land and whether anything can be done to enhance their access. It is important to note, however, that as households are moving towards other sources of food and livelihoods such as fish so their dependence on forest products is decreasing. Agricultural land: This remains a key part of the project’s livelihood strategy. I hope to talk about this next in the blog, thinking not just about the amount of land households are farming, but also about productivity, and how they are starting to adopt new techniques, such as crop rotation and applying fertilizer. Thanks and best wishes, Nina