Forest management systems in the uplands of Vietnam: social, economic and environmental perspectives

Forest management systems in the uplands of Vietnam: social, economic and environmental perspectives

Promoting sustainable forest management in the North Uplands

Report of project aiming to assess and compare various forest management regimes against different socio-economic, environmental and institutional variables. Methods used in this research included Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA), Criteria and Indicators (C&Is) Framework (CIFOR approach) and Multi-criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA).

Results of MCDA:

    'household' was the most preferable option in all three sites, regardless of the different ratings of C&Is that were alternately used.
  • 'forest enterprise' was still an important player in forest management, particularly in the case of protection forests where forest enterprises were as important as households
  • other options such as contract-based, village-based and joint management were not preferred

It was noted that although the results of MCDA indicate the preference ranking of the different management systems, they do not tell how one system is preferred over the others.

Policy recommendations (regarding more support and intervention from the Government in terms of policy on food security for upland areas):

    creation of market for locally produced commodities
  • human resources development involving the local population, and legalisation of land tenure for local people including customary land and areas under their actual management
  • the conduct of further research to develop separate sets of C&Is for particular forest categories such as protection, production and special use forests
  • steps for enabling the dissemination of research results should be taken into account

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