Abstract Although forest devolution has become a major trend in forest governance in developing countries over the last two decades, there is increasing concern about the legitimacy of this well-intentioned policy. Examination of Vietnam’s forest land allocation policy helps assess this concern. After the collapse of Vietnam’s state forestry in the late 1980s, the Vietnamese government allocated forest lands to individuals, households and organizations for more effective forest protection and rehabilitation. Despite this expectation, the policy has been challenged by increasing conflicts between forestry agencies and local people over lands. This paper uses a case study in Tay Ninh province, South Vietnam, to examine the legitimacy of forest land allocation, with particular focus on local support for the policy. Initial research findings reveal that, because of some gaps in the policy strategy to gain legitimacy, calculations on short-term incomes have overwhelmed other determinants of local support for forest land allocation. Keywords: forest devolution; forest land allocation; governance; legitimacy; local support; Vietnam
|Publication status||Published - 2011|
|Event||The Colorado Conference on Earth Systems Governance: Crossing Boundaries and Building Bridges - Fort Collins, United States|
Duration: 17 May 2011 → 20 May 2011
|Conference||The Colorado Conference on Earth Systems Governance: Crossing Boundaries and Building Bridges|
|Period||17/05/11 → 20/05/11|
Dang, T. K. P. (2011). The Legitimacy of Forest Devolution Policy: The Case of Forest Land Allocation in Tay Ninh province, South Vietnam. Paper presented at The Colorado Conference on Earth Systems Governance: Crossing Boundaries and Building Bridges, Fort Collins, United States.