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Action Research & Advocacy

  • Action Research & Advocacy
    Sustainable forest resource management is fundamental to the economic development and social stability of a country. However, gaps in policies and policy implementation have been causing shortcomings in forest land governance in the mountainous areas of Vietnam. In fact, more than 70% of the complaints to the government at all levels relate to the field of forest land management. CIRUM’s Research and Advocacy program aims to combat mismanagement with effective, research-based solutions and positive advocacy at all levels of government.
     
    Solving social conflicts in the field of forest land use management, especially for Ethnic Minorities (EM), is one of the strategic activities of CIRUM.  Our belief is that research and policy advocacy can be used to enhance access, use and protection rights over forest and forest land for ethnic minorities.
    In response to the new emerging issues and needs of local people, CIRUM also pays attention to protecting legitimate rights of EM communities and people who are negatively affected by large scale development projects. A key civil right of ethnic minority people is sovereignty over their Indigenous knowledge and data, essential for the maintenance of cultural identity.
    Research and policy advocacy is performed at three levels:
    • At local level: capacity building for local EM communities and local social organizations to become involved in the implementation of the Forestry Law 2017 and related policies.
    • At governmental level: Increasing awareness of the rights of EM people and mobilizing the support of government and policy makers towards implementing their rights particularly in the implementation of the Forestry Law 2017 and related legal documents.
    • At regional level, facilitating knowledge sharing experiences in law enforcement of Vietnamese ethnic minority communities with civil society, community-based organizations and similar affected communities in the Mekong region.
    Expected outcomes of the program are:
    • The roles and values of traditional EM cultures and communities in forest resource management are recognized by policy makers and officials at all levels;
    • There is effective collaboration between local governments, functional departments and development agencies, community organizations and local communities in the process of implementing the Forestry Law 2017 and related policies;
    • Lessons learnt are exchanged between different communities, between community and policy makers, government officials, civil society and community-based organizations.
     
    Orientation for the program activities between 2019 and 2021: 
    • Employ research results to advocate for enforcement of the Forestry Law 2017, especially forest land allocation to EM communities and solutions to forestland overlapping and conflicts;
    • Organize workshops and seminars at the grassroots level, regional level, and national level to exchange experiences for better enforcement of the Forestry Law 2017 and related policies;
    • Participate in the consultation with the Vietnam Administration of Forestry (VNFOREST), partners, LandNet and local authorities for vibrant enforcement of the Forestry Law 2017 and related legal documents;
    • Facilitate exchanges of experiences in enforcement of forestry law between different communities, between community and policy makers, government officials, civil society and community-based organizations;
    • Support ethnic minority communities to protect their forest land rights against harmful investment on the basis of legal provisions and community customary laws.
    For more information, please contact Team leader Pham Van Dung, email: pvdung@cirum.org
     

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