Mekong Region Land Governance Project

Vietnam

Support the implementation of the Forest Law and the allocation of forest land to ethnic minorities and local communities

MRLG supports:

  1. The allocation of forests to local communities, smallholder farmers, ethnic peoples and women, so that they can benefit legally from sustainable forest and resource management based on their customary practices
  2. Evidence-based policy dialogues in view of the revision of the Land Law in order to safeguard and protect the land tenure security of smallholder farmers and rural communities.

Objective of the Alliance for the Recognition of Customary Tenure:

The alliance aims to enable local communities and forest users, particularly women and ethnic minorities, to benefit from forest allocation and sustainable forest management approaches.

Based on the new Forestry Law (2017), the alliance will support the allocation of forests to local communities through co-management of production and special use forest and community forestry enterprises in three provinces.

At policy level, based on the lessons from the above pilots, the alliance will support the drafting of clear implementation guidelines and standards for the effective and efficient allocation and management of forest and forest lands by local communities.

Partners of the Alliance for the Recognition of Customary Tenure:

  • AGROINFO
  • FORLAND represented by the Centre for Highlands Natural Resources Governance (CEGORN)
  • Tropenbos
  • PanNature
  • Center for Rural Development in Central Vietnam (CRD)
  • Center for for Research on Initiatives of Community Development (RIC)
  • Vietnam National University for Forestry
  • Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations (VUSTA)
  • Vietnam Administration of Forestry (VNFOREST) as implementation partner for policy development, and not a member of the alliance
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Objective of the Alliance for Responsible Agriculture Investment (revision of the Land Law)

The Alliance aims to influence the revision of the Land Law (2013) to ensure that the land rights of smallholder farmers are protected and promoted within the law and in practice so that they can equitably participate and benefit from land-related investments and development activities.

The Alliance agreed to conduct research and gather lessons from experiences to inform policy dialogues in relation to two key policy concerns for the revision of the Land Law: (1) agricultural land concentration and accumulation and (2) land acquisition, compensation support and resettlement. The objective of the Alliance is to ensure that changes in the law do not affect land tenure security of smallholders.

Partners of the Alliance for the Responsible Agriculture Investment:

  • LANDA (Land Alliance) represented by the Centre for Rural Communities Research and Development (CCRD)
  • Forland represented by the Centre for Indigenous Knowledge Research and Development (CIRD)
  • The Consultative Institute for Socio-Economic Development of Rural and Mountainous Areas (CISDOMA)
  • Center for for Research on Initiatives of Community Development(RIC)
  • Can Tho University – School of Law
  • AGROINFO
  • Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations (VUSTA)
  • General Department of Land Administration (MONRE)

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State of Land in the Mekong Region

The State of Land in the Mekong Region is based on key data and information, largely available in the public domain, to identify and describe the key issues and processes revolving around land in the Mekong Region. It aims to...