Kick-off Workshop on Landscape Approach for Communal Land Use Planning

Kick-off Workshop on Landscape Approach for Communal Land Use Planning

Viet Nam - 20 April, 2017

Information and knowledge about the landscape approach for participatory land use planning at the communal level was shared during the kick-off workshop “Landscape Approach for Land Use Planning in Gung Re commune, Di Linh District” jointly organized by Tropenbos Viet Nam, the Sustainable Trade Initiative/the Initiative for Sustainable Landscape (IDH/ISLA) and the People’s Committee of Di Linh district on 12 April 2017.

This event was the starting point of the project “Landscape Approach for Participatory Land Use Planning” jointly implemented by Tropenbos Viet Nam and IDH. The project will apply the landscape approach for land use planning as a pilot in the Lam Dong province. The lessons obtained should be of great value for other provinces to learn from and to develop and apply a similar approach. During the workshop an agreement was reached among related actors and organizations regarding cooperation and implementation during the project.

The workshop counted with participants from local state agencies (People’s Committees at district and commune levels, the district Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, the district Department of Natural Resources and Environment, the District Department of Forest Protection, the Women’s Union and Farmer’s Association, and the Di Linh Forest Company), private sectors (Olam company and ACOM company), and international organizations (UNREDD, CIAT, and ICRAF).

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In the workshop the green growth approach was presented by IDH as a suitable intervention, to enable the Dinh Linh district and Lam Dong province to become a leading area of high-value agriculture production in Southeast Asia by 2025. IDH shared information about ISLA at the global level and its programme activities in Viet Nam, which mainly focused on green growth activities for Dinh Linh district and Lam Dong province. Additionally, updated information on agricultural production in Gung Re commune and Di Linh district was presented by a representative from Di Linh district. The information presented gave a clearer picture about the current situation and potential of the landscape approach interventions that IDH and Tropenbos Viet Nam are planning to apply in the near future.

Mr. Tran Huu Nghi, Director of Tropenbos Viet Nam, introduced the landscape approach for land use planning, while proposing the initial implementation plan and cooperation among relevant actors at the local level for an effective project implementation. The landscape approach, which helps to promote the decision-making process, is aimed to bring about a consensus among related actors regarding resource access and tenure rights in a given landscape. Applying the landscape approach to land use planning in Gung Re commune will maximize the participation of local people, communities, civil society organizations, private sectors, authorities, and experts while also integrating the existing land use plans into a more coherent one.

The discussions were centered on reaching an agreement about the role of each relevant party during the project implementation. The discussion points included: i) the district People’s Committees will provide support regarding legal documents, and involve actively its different units in the project implementation; ii) state management agencies will cooperate with IDH and TBI Viet Nam in providing information, giving policy recommendations, and organizing training and field activities; iii) Gung Re commune People’s Committee will provide guidance on project implementation and arranging related meetings and training activities at the communal level; iv) ISLA/IDH will support the coordination of the project, and creating linkages with other stakeholders regarding information and resource exchange (for instance, coffee companies/corporations, VNSAT, UNREDD Program, CIAT, etc.); and v) TBI Viet Nam will be responsible for the technical support concerning land use planning, landscape approaches, training courses for communal/district staff members, and producing guidelines on landscape-approach-based land use planning.  

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