Future of community forest management in Vietnam

12 July 2011 | News story

A workshop on possible future directions of community forest management (CFM) in Vietnam was organized by IUCN and RECOFTC on June 21, 2011. The purpose of the workshop was to shed light on the key opportunities and barriers to large-scale implementation of CFM in Vietnam given recent field evidence. The goal was not to arrive at a “Yes” or “No” about whether CFM is a viable forest allocation modality in Vietnam but rather to encourage a frank assessment of what’s working and what isn’t, and how CFM may or may not contribute to FLEGT, REDD, PES, and other major forest sector initiatives.

The workshop started with three presentations on: the KfW 6 project in Quang Ngai (in Vietnamese); the preliminary results of the IUCN/RECOFTC study of the impacts of introduced CFM in Vietnam (in English); and an overview the second phase of the MARD CFM pilot project (in Vietnamese). The subsequent discussions addressed the main themes that emerged from the presentations. For more information, please see workshop summary report and the draft summary of initial analysis of CFM processes and outcomes. Both documents are available in English and Vietnamese.

This image shows the courtship behavior of Indian Bull frogs (Holobatrachus tigerinus). During the monsoon, the breeding males become bright yellow in color, while females remain dull. The prominent blue vocal sacs of male produce strong nasal mating call.