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Conflicts in Vietnam’s Forest Areas: Implications for FLEGT and REDD+

ETFRN News 55: March 2014

By Phuc Xuan To, Thomas Sikor - Forest Trends, University of East Anglia
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Conflicts over land are rampant in Vietnam. Land conflicts are the subject of more than 70% of the written complaints received by
Vietnamese government offices in recent years and could undermine Vietnam’s initiatives on Forest Law Enforcement,
Governance and Trade (FLEGT) and Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and
Degradation (REDD+). However, these initiatives also present an opportunity to resolve
conflicts, since they offer platforms and incentives for the government and stakeholders
to reach agreements on land disputes. conflict resolution and successful implementation
of FLEGT and REDD+ offer benefits for both forest companies and villagers; they facilitate legal timber
production and provide access to climate mitigation funding, respectively.