Are trees buffering ecosystems and livelihoods in agricultural landscapes of the Lower Mekong Basin? Consequences for climate-change adaptation
People and ecosystems in the Lower Mekong Basin (LMB) are vulnerable owing to the interaction between unsustainable land-use practices and climate change. This review analyzes the impacts of continuing land-use and climate changes in the LMB region and the potential role of increased use of trees in agricultural landscapes to reduce the negative impact of land-use changes. The study confirms that natural resources and ecosystem services are degrading in the LMB. However, trees outside forests can help buffer both ecosystems and local livelihoods in agricultural landscapes.
World Agroforestry Centre