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Coping with resettlement: A livelihood adaptation analysis in the Mekong River basin

A major driver of change in the Mekong River basin relates to hydropower development and the consequent changes in landscape and natural resource access regime that it induces. In this paper, we examine how the livelihoods of resettlers evolve following resettlement, and examine the determinants of that process. The study takes place in the context of the Theun Hinboun Expansion Project in Lao PDR. Based on longitudinal household surveys conducted before resettlement as well as 1, 2, and 3 years after resettlement, we identify the process of livelihood adaptation in resettled communities. Results show varying capacity to absorb shocks and cope with change even within a small village with seemingly equal conditions. Our results suggest that a more detailed understanding of this adaptation process is key to improving interventions for rebuilding the livelihoods of those resettled by development projects in rural areas.

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Field Value
Document type Reports, journal articles, and research papers (including theses and dissertations)
Language of document
  • English
  • Gender
  • Hydropower dams
  • Infrastructure
  • Livelihood rights
Geographic area (spatial range)
  • Mekong
Copyright Yes
Access and use constraints

This is an open access article under the CC-BY-NC-ND

Version / Edition 2016
License Creative Commons Non-Commercial (Any)

Contact the authors: (Y. Kura), (O. Joffre), (B. Laplante), (B. Sengvilaykham).

Co-author (individual) Yumiko Kura, Olivier Joffre, Benoit Laplante, and Bounthong Sengvilaykham
Publication place Journal homepage:
Publisher Land Use Policy (Journal)
Publication date 2017
Pagination 11
General note

Keywords resettlement,Mekong River basin
Date uploaded February 25, 2020, 04:07 (UTC)
Date modified May 24, 2020, 14:52 (UTC)