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Forests 2017, 8(7), 262; doi:10.3390/f8070262

The Vietnamese Legal and Policy Framework for Co-Management in Special-Use Forests

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Environmental Policy Group, Wageningen University, Hollandseweg 1, 6706 KN Wageningen, The Netherlands
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Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Science—Vietnam National University HCMC, 227 Nguyen Van Cu Street, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Received: 27 April 2017 / Revised: 5 July 2017 / Accepted: 18 July 2017 / Published: 22 July 2017
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Abstract

Co-management has been introduced into Special Use Forests (SUFs) of Vietnam for more than 10 years. However, the extent to which Vietnamese laws and policies support co-management remains unclear. This paper reviews existing policies and laws from the national to commune levels and assesses their facilitation of co-management in SUFs. The review demonstrates there is support for co-management, albeit scattered and uncoordinated across a range of policies and laws. Modifications to policy on ownership and use rights would support the development of SUF co-management. Additionally, clearer legislative underpinning for benefit sharing in SUFs could better incentivize the participation of local people and private sector actors to engage in more effective co-management arrangements. View Full-Text
Keywords: co-management; nature conservation policy; protected areas; special-use forests; Vietnam co-management; nature conservation policy; protected areas; special-use forests; Vietnam
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KimDung, N.; Bush, S.R.; Mol, A.P.J. The Vietnamese Legal and Policy Framework for Co-Management in Special-Use Forests. Forests 2017, 8, 262.

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