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Upland development, climate-related risk and institutional conditions for adaptation in Vietnam

Beckman, Malin and Nguyen, My Van Thi (2016). Upland development, climate-related risk and institutional conditions for adaptation in Vietnam. Climate and Development. 8 :5 , 413-422
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The paper argues that policies towards upland communities in Vietnam tend to reinforce land use strategies that increase vulnerability to climate-related risk and undermine adaptive capacity of upland communities. It is argued that the division of land use between intensive agriculture/tree plantation and protected forest is increasing both livelihood- and environmental risk. Qualitative interviews and group discussion with upland villagers and local government staff in two districts of north and central Vietnam suggest that farmers are facing frequent loss and damage due to floods, storms and drought. Changing production patterns, together with the increase in climate-related hazards and stresses, is changing the character of vulnerability of upland communities. The study primarily explores village-level perspectives regarding impacts of hazards and stresses, ideas of how to reduce risk, along with how related policies and institutions influence local possibilities of risk reduction and adaptation. Our fieldwork results suggest that many villagers and local leaders see adaptation and risk reduction in terms of improved irrigation and in terms of access to land and forests for their livelihoods. The findings support arguments for more integration of agriculture and forestry land use, allowing for more flexibility in the development of upland livelihoods, with the aim of facilitating adaptation to climate change.

Authors/Creators:Beckman, Malin and Nguyen, My Van Thi
Title:Upland development, climate-related risk and institutional conditions for adaptation in Vietnam
Series Name/Journal:Climate and Development
Year of publishing :2016
Depositing date:18 November 2016
Page range:413-422
Number of Pages:10
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Accepted version
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:E Economics, development, and rural sociology > E11 Land economics and policies
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 509 Other Social Sciences > Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 405 Other Agricultural Sciences > Environmental Sciences related to Agriculture and Land-use
Agrovoc terms:weather hazards, climate change adaptation, minority groups, highlands, land use, Viet Nam, forestry policies
Keywords:climate risk, ethnic minorities, marginalization, climate change adaptation, land use, Vietnam, uplands, Mekong region, forest policies
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Web of Science (WoS)000385566100003
ID Code:13846
Faculty:LTV - Fakulteten för landskapsarkitektur, trädgårds- och växtproduktionsvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
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Deposited On:18 Nov 2016 12:44
Metadata Last Modified:26 Oct 2020 01:53

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