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Common Property in the High Plateaus of Central Vietnam

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: Hoan, Pham Quang
Conference: Common Property in Ecosystems Under Stress, the Fourth Annual Conference of the International Association for the Study of Common Property
Location: Manila, Philippines
Conf. Date: June 16-19
Date: 1993
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/8174
Sector: Forestry
Land Tenure & Use
Region: East Asia
Subject(s): forests
customary law
common pool resources
land tenure and use
indigenous institutions
Abstract: "In the traditional society of ethnic minorities in the High Plateaus of Central Vietnam, ownership over lands and forests belongs to each village as represented by the Head of the village or the leader of the clan. The households have the right to use specific plots of land and forest belonging to the community as specified clearly by customary laws. From the beginning of the 20th century, due to the impact of various factors such as establishment of plantations, migration, wars, etc., common property in the high plateaus have undergone considerable changes. What is important is to solve adequately the relationship between customary laws in land use and the present land legislation, to carry out rational policies on development and population distribution, to identify production patterns which are in keeping with the ecosystems and the socio-economic development level of various ethnic groups in order to help them to stop slash and burn pattern and settle down to sedentary agriculture, and to harmonize the demands of economic development with preservation of cultural identity and environmental protection."

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