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Gains and losses: devolution of forestry land and natural forest

a study of forest allocation in North Central coast, Vietnam

Hoang Thi, Sen (2009). Gains and losses: devolution of forestry land and natural forest. Diss. (sammanfattning/summary) Uppsala : Sveriges lantbruksuniv., Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae, 1652-6880 ; 2009:72
ISBN 978-91-576-7419-7
[Doctoral thesis]

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Responses to inefficiency of the state control over forests, has led to the enactment of a forest devolution policy to facilitate participation of local people in forest management. This thesis examines the processes of the making of forest devolution policy and its interpretation in practice through a study in Thua Thien Hue, North Central Coast of Vietnam. It analyzes the roles and power of the actors in implementing forest devolution. This thesis explores the influence of forest devolution on the distribution of the endowments, entitlements and thus on the livelihoods of different socio-economic groups. Through exploring the effects of the change in forest property rights, the research aims to contribute to the debates on the contributions and limitations of forest devolution to rural poverty alleviation as well as forest management practices. The study applies both quantitative and qualitative approaches based on a household survey, focus group discussions and in-depth interviews. The theoretical underpinnings for the research draws from policy analysis perspectives, the extended environmental entitlement approach and property rights analysis. The findings indicate that the process of making and implementing forest devolution in Vietnam is in the hand of state bodies with limited participation of beneficiaries. The forest devolution policy was enacted with expectations of increasing the rate of economic growth, reducing poverty as well as forest rehabilitation. The new institutional arrangement for forest management have brought different endowments and entitlements to the different social groups as a result of muddle in both policy papers and the interpretations of the external actors in implementation of the devolution policy. The study suggests that in order to understand the influences of a policy, we need to explore a whole process and the dynamics of the policy over time. The study raises questions about the contribution of forest devolution to improving livelihoods of the rural poor, women and forest management status as well. This thesis suggests that in order to improve the contribution of forest devolution to rural poverty reduction and forest rehabilitation, it needs to expand the rights to the beneficiaries and requires development of a clear mechanism to ensure participation of people in making and implementing policy.

Authors/Creators:Hoang Thi, Sen
Title:Gains and losses: devolution of forestry land and natural forest
Subtitle:a study of forest allocation in North Central coast, Vietnam
Series Name/Journal:Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae
Year of publishing :2009
Number of Pages:327
Place of Publication:Uppsala
ISBN for printed version:978-91-576-7419-7
Publication Type:Doctoral thesis
Full Text Status:Public
Agrovoc terms:forestry policies, forest management, land ownership, right of access, households, social participation, socioeconomic development, viet nam
Keywords:Policy, forest devolution, institutional arrangement, endowment, entitlement, livelihood, poverty reduction, management practice
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ID Code:2126
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
Deposited By: Sen Hoang Thi
Deposited On:05 Oct 2009 00:00
Metadata Last Modified:02 Dec 2014 10:16

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