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Customary Tenure in Relation to Free, Prior, and Informed Consent and Existing Safeguards for Indigenous People and Local Communitie

This study, conducted by PanNature with financial and technical support from the NTFP-EP program, aims to assess the implications of community consultation and mechanisms ensuring community participation in the recognition of forest tenure rights in Vietnam, with a particular emphasis on Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC).

This research examines how historical, cultural, and external factors, such as climate change, policies, markets, and technology, have influenced community forest tenure rights recognition. 

The study focuses on analyzing two cases: Buon Tul, inhabited by the M’nong people in Krong Bong district, Dak Lak province, serving as an example of traditional governance and customs; and Xom Khu, home to the Mong people in Lac Son district, Hoa Binh province, representing a newly formed community.

The study emphasizes the importance of respecting and safeguarding the traditional governance structures and customs within these communities in natural resource management.

Additionally, the study proposes recommendations for establishing legal foundations for community property rights and enhancing the capacity of local officials to exercise the rights and traditions of the community to ensure sustainable and inclusive development.

Please download the full report here.

PanNature sincerely appreciates the valuable insights and contributions from Buon Tul and Xom Khu communities and experts to the report. 

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