“Commoning” is a new series of publications and videos that communicates on the commons and how they are practised at GRET. A first video was released to mark the launch of The “Commoning” handbooks. These short, easy to read publications share the lessons learned from concrete actions conducted by GRET, for example support for the development of bamboo value chains in Laos. The videos and handbooks are intended to enrich reflections by associations, donors and policy makers wishing to promote forms of social organisation and shared governance “in common”.
« At GRET, we use this concept to think about the way in which individuals join together and become organised to conserve a resource, a service or a territory on which they depend”», explains Marilou Gilbert, coordinator of the Commons and shared governance programme at GRET. «Populations, businesses and public stakeholders use these resources, but with different – and sometimes even opposite – motivations. Yet, they all have a role to play because together they can define and develop the rules that will enable these common goods to be conserved and ensure fair, equitable access to them.»
This video, the first in the series, puts the spotlight on the bamboo value chain in Laos (FR)
In the forests in of mountainous Houaphan province, a poor and remote region in the north-east of Laos, GRET is supporting the development of fair, sustainable bamboo value chains. Village communities, economic operators and public authorities learn together how to manage economic value chains capable of conserving bamboo forests and generating income for everyone.