Research to Inform Projects Tying Forest Use to Poverty Reduction

05 December 2008 | News story

IUCN-supported researchers at a Nov. 28-30 workshop in Bac Kan Province finalised study plans for an analytical process aimed to generate information on the province’s forest-dependent rural poor.  

Results of the research process would be used to provide recommendations for initiatives and policies benefiting those forest communities and the resources they use, as part of IUCN's Landscapes and Livelihoods Strategy (LLS).

LLS strives to link forest management and poverty reduction in a way that alleviates rural poverty while improving forest conservation and the sustainable use of forest products.

The Survey and Learning Process (SLP) discussed at the workshop is a collaboration between IUCN, the Viet Nam Institute of Forestry Research (VIFA) and the Departments of Agriculture and Rural Development of Bac Kan and Thua Thien Hue provinces.

The event, hosted by Bac Kan's DARD, was a follow up to a September meeting in Hanoi, where participants established three research groups that will focus on the following areas: livelihoods and the use and marketing of non-timber forest products, forest management and land tenure, and forest conservation.

Teams of provincial level DARD staff and national VIFA personnel will conduct the research in Bac Kan and Hue, and a similiar training is planned in Hue this month to prepare DARD staff there.

The Bac Kan workshop also covered research methodology, including an afternoon session from Dr. Nguyen Ba Ngai, director of the Bac Kan DARD, on research methods like interview and information-gathering strategies.

The research teams will complete pilot studies in Bac Kan in mid-December to test methodology. The main research process will begin after the pilot studies are reviewed during the early part of 2009.

For more information, please contract Mr. Nguyen Van Anh at vananh@iucn.org.vn.