Most ethnic minorities in Vietnam such as the Vietnamese-Thai, Tay, Nung, Hmong, Muong and Dao have a special relationship with the land, elements and other living creatures. This relationship goes beyond mere economic interests to cultural and spiritual connections to the places they have inhabited for generations.
Although Vietnam has a number of legislations and policies on lands and other natural resources, none of these laws provide legal recognition of ethnic minorities’ customary rights to land and other natural resources. This policy brief uses examples from the indigenous people in the Philippines, to argue that legal recognition of ethnic minority customary rights to land and natural resources will contribute to better resource management and improved local livelihoods.
Published by The Center for People and Forests
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RECOFTC – The Center for People and Forests is an international not-for-profit organization that focuses on capacity building for community forestry in the Asia Pacific region. It advocates for the increased involvement of local communities living in and around forests - some 450 million people in Asia-Pacific - in the equitable and ecologically sustainable management of forest landscapes.