Conservation and Ethnobotanical Knowledge of a Hmong Community in Long Lan, Luang Prabang, Lao People's Democratic Republic

WHITNEY C.W., VANG SIN M.M.V., LÊ HỒNG G., VU VAN C., BARBER K. & TRAN THI L. 2014. Conservation and Ethnobotanical Knowledge of a Hmong Community in Long Lan, Luang Prabang, Lao People’s Democratic Republic. Ethnobotany Research & Applications 12: 643-658.

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Cory Whitney

Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences; University of Kassel - Faculty of Organic Agricultural Sciences

Min (Meej Vaj) Vang Sin

Social Policy Ecology Research Institute

Giang Le Hong

Independent

Can Vu Van

Social Policy Ecology Research Institute

Keith Barber

University of Waikato

Lanh Thi Tran

Social Policy Ecology Research Institute

Date Written: June 5, 2013

Abstract

In 2012 and 2013 participatory ethnobotany explorations were undertaken with herbalists from the Hmong ethnic group of Long Lan village, in Luang Prabang, Lao People’s Democratic Republic. These investigations into the knowledge and experience of indigenous elders of Long Lan and surrounding villages sought to identify the relationship between the spiritual-cultural practices and livelihood uses of plants and their conservation. Information about 74 plant species of 49 families was recorded, including 25 herbs (17 perennial, 8 annual), 20 trees, 17 shrubs, 10 climbers, and 2 ferns. Analysis of quantitative ethnobotany scores indicated positive trends between uses and conservation practices for plants. The study suggests that the traditional Hmong cultural uses for plants may be a mechanism for the conservation of biodiversity in the rapidly deteriorating forests of Luang Prabang in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic.

Keywords: ethnobotany, Hmong, Laos, conservation, human ecology

Suggested Citation

Whitney, Cory and Vang Sin, Min (Meej Vaj) and Le Hong, Giang and Vu Van, Can and Barber, Keith and Thi Tran, Lanh, Conservation and Ethnobotanical Knowledge of a Hmong Community in Long Lan, Luang Prabang, Lao People's Democratic Republic (June 5, 2013). WHITNEY C.W., VANG SIN M.M.V., LÊ HỒNG G., VU VAN C., BARBER K. & TRAN THI L. 2014. Conservation and Ethnobotanical Knowledge of a Hmong Community in Long Lan, Luang Prabang, Lao People’s Democratic Republic. Ethnobotany Research & Applications 12: 643-658.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2742612

Cory Whitney (Contact Author)

Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences ( email )

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Germany

University of Kassel - Faculty of Organic Agricultural Sciences ( email )

Nordbanhofstr. 1
Witzenhausen, 37213
Germany

Min (Meej Vaj) Vang Sin

Social Policy Ecology Research Institute ( email )

A4, Ngoc Khanh Science Village(12C)
Pham Huy Thong Street, Ba Dinh District
Hanoi
Vietnam

Giang Le Hong

Independent ( email )

No Address Available

Can Vu Van

Social Policy Ecology Research Institute ( email )

A4, Ngoc Khanh Science Village(12C)
Pham Huy Thong Street, Ba Dinh District
Hanoi
Vietnam

Keith Barber

University of Waikato ( email )

Te Raupapa
Private Bag 3105
Hamilton, 3240
New Zealand

Lanh Thi Tran

Social Policy Ecology Research Institute ( email )

A4, Ngoc Khanh Science Village(12C)
Pham Huy Thong Street, Ba Dinh District
Hanoi
Vietnam

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