Land and Forest Allocation in Lao People's Democratic Republic: Comparison of Case Studies from Community-Based Natural Resource Management Research

Fujita, Y. and Phanvilay, K. (2008) Land and Forest Allocation in Lao People's Democratic Republic: Comparison of Case Studies from Community-Based Natural Resource Management Research. Society & Natural Resources: An International Journal, 21 (2). pp. 120-133.

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Abstract

This article reviews a landmark policy on resource management in Lao People's Democratic Republic (PDR). The Land and Forest Allocation Policy was introduced in the early 1990s as a means of legitimately recognizing the customary rights of local communities to use and manage land and forest resources. We examine the policy from the viewpoint of decentralized resource management and, through three case studies conducted by the National University of Laos, how it works in practice. The studies were conducted in Vientiane, central Lao PDR, and indicate gaps between the expected goals of land reform and actual practice. The study also shows the varying impacts of the allocation policy on local resource use and household livelihoods in different villages. Finally, the case studies suggest the importance of field-based research as a way of critically reviewing the impact of government policy on local resource management and people's livelihoods

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Customary resource use practice, Decentralized forest management, Land and forest allocation, Resource tenure
Author Affiliation: Upland Agriculture and Research Capacity Development Programme, National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute (NAFRI), Vientiane,Lao People’s Democratic Republic
Subjects: Social Sciences
Soil Science and Microbiology
Environmental Science
Divisions: General
Depositing User: Ms Ishrath Durafsha
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2014 05:12
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2014 05:12
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08941920701681490
URI: http://eprints.icrisat.ac.in/id/eprint/13287

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