With support from the Region Mekong Land Governance Project, since 2021, PanNature has piloted agroforestry livelihood models to improve the lives of local people. Accordingly, the agroforestry model has been piloted by 5 households in Tul Village and 6 households in Hang Nam Village to improve the local livelihood through effective farming. Cultivation land in both villages is significant on sloping land, which is being degraded with erosion of topsoil on rainy days. Agroforestry is seen as an important measure to help conserve the topsoil while improving local livelihood, reduce the risk of losing their allocated forests due to inefficient use, and contribute to securing the allocated rights.
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.
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PanNature sincerely appreciates the valuable insights and contributions from Buon Tul and Xom Khu communities and experts to the report.