The Vietnamese legal and policy framework for co-management in special-use forests

Nguyen KimDung*, Simon R. Bush, Arthur P.J. Mol

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Co-management has been introduced into Special Use Forests (SUFs) of Vietnam for more than 10 years. However, the extent to which Vietnamese laws and policies support co-management remains unclear. This paper reviews existing policies and laws from the national to commune levels and assesses their facilitation of co-management in SUFs. The review demonstrates there is support for co-management, albeit scattered and uncoordinated across a range of policies and laws. Modifications to policy on ownership and use rights would support the development of SUF co-management. Additionally, clearer legislative underpinning for benefit sharing in SUFs could better incentivize the participation of local people and private sector actors to engage in more effective co-management arrangements.
Original languageEnglish
Article number262
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Co-management
  • Nature conservation policy
  • Protected areas
  • Special-use forests
  • Vietnam


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