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Natural Resource Policies in the Highlands of VietnamA Synthesis of NGO Experience  

Natural Resource Policies in the Highlands of VietnamA Synthesis of NGO Experience

The paper has four sections. Section 1 introduces the rationale of the paper within the overall context of highlands development and its challenges. Section 2 briefly describes the research process. Section 3 and section 4 ... address the activities of two major actors in the uplands: government (through its natural resources-related policies), and NGOs. . The major finding about new governmental policies dealing with natural resources in highlands is that they are many and are being created to serve worthy, overall goals. However, the way these policies are being formulated and implemented shows many shortcomings. Specifically, the government fails to incorporate local physical carrying capacity and social environment into the policies, and enforces the policies weakly at the practical level. The NGO section examines NGO involvement in highland development as an emerging process characterized by two major features. First, they tend to focus on project-like activities. Second, the current interrelationships between the international NGOs and domestic NGOs threaten the creation of an unfair playing field among the latter and a possible loss of their identity, especially at the early stages of their institutional development.

Published by: World Resource Institute (WRI) -
Uploaded on: Feb 2006
File size: 90 KB - Language: English
Keyword(s): Natural Resources Management
Category: Environment

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