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FGLG Vietnam - Community Forestry and Poverty Alleviation: A Synthesis of Project Findings from Field Activities


The Forest Governance Learning Group (FGLG) is an initiative across seven African and three Asian countries, working towards better governance in forestry. From September 2006 to 2009, FGLG Vietnam focused on how future state community forest management (CFM) policy could contribute to the alleviation of poverty. The project aims to address the challenges of forest governance through participatory research and shared learning.

This report details the findings of the research, with FGLG Vietnam having looked at concrete examples of how CFM has worked at the local level through organised visits, surveys and workshops to draw out lessons on governance structure and analyse the factors influencing benefit-sharing arrangements. It also details the methods and results of a learning phase and the final documentation stage of the project.

Through this process, FGLG Vietnam found that legal titles to land can have benefits when conflicts arise, potentially preventing the encroachment of outsiders, but there remains an unclear relationship between these titles and effective forest management; case studies are given to demonstrate the potential complications. The report further analyses both the forest conditions appropriate for CFM, including the type, location, quality and size; and the community conditions for CFM to work, such as community solidarity and organisational skills. It also considers examples of sustainable forest management and how far benefit-sharing arrangements benefit the poor in different project areas.

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  • IIED code: G02674
  • Published: Aug 2009 - IIED
  • Area: Vietnam
  • Theme: Forests
  • Language: English

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