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Livelihoods and land uses in environmental policy approaches: evidence from Lam Dong Province, Vietnam

Published on 9 February 2017 and refering to an article in the journal Forests written by academics at NORAGRIC, this blog post explores drivers of forest cover change in a Payments for Environmental Services (PES) and Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) context in the Lam Dong Province in Vietnam. The paper applies a livelihood framework to discuss the links between livelihoods and land use amongst small-scale farmers in two communities. The findings of the livelihood survey demonstrate no clear linkages between poverty levels and unsustainable practices. In fact, the poorest segments were found to deforest the least. The paper argues for comprehensive analyses of underlying factors encompassing the entire coffee production and land use system in this region. Addressing issues of land tenure and the scarcity of productive lands, and generating viable off-farm income alternatives seem to be crucial. Sustainable approaches for reducing deforestation and degradation could include engaging with multiple stakeholders, including the business-oriented households in control of the coffee trade and of land transactions.

The full article is open access and is available here.

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17 February 2017

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