In Vietnam, many forests are being effectively managed by the most active guardians - the local communities - thanks to their cultural norms: the forest left by their ancestors is also the place where the forest god resides. It’s the traditional regulations and laws imprinted through the traditional practice of worshiping the sacredness of the gods that guide the community to manage and protect these forests for hundreds and thousands of years. However, there are challenges ahead that hinder them from playing their role.
Part II “Community Participation in Management of Special-use Forests” of the series “Co-management of special-use forests in Vietnam” produced by VTV2 in collaboration with PanNature and FFI. The series features efforts to promote co-management of forests by PanNature and FFI in the field, as well as at national policy level. This is part of a joint project implemented by PanNature and FFI with generous funding from the European Union and the Ford Foundation.