Redefining Diversity and Dynamics of Natural Resources Management in Asia, Volume 2

Redefining Diversity and Dynamics of Natural Resources Management in Asia, Volume 2

Upland Natural Resources and Social Ecological Systems in Northern Vietnam

1st Edition - September 1, 2016

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  • Editors: Ganesh Shivakoti, Mai Thanh, Tran Vien, Steven Leisz
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128104729
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128054536

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Redefining Diversity and Dynamics of Natural Resources Management in Southeast Asia, Volumes 1-4 brings together scientific research and policy issues across various topographical areas in Asia to provide a comprehensive overview of the issues facing the region. Upland Natural Resources and Social Ecological Systems in Northern Vietnam, Volume 2, provides chapters on natural resource management in northern Vietnam tied together by the concept that participatory local involvement is needed in all aspects of natural resource management. The volume examines planning for climate change, managing forestland, alleviating food shortages, living with biodiversity, and assessing the development projects and policies being implemented. Without the involvement of local communities, households, and ultimately individual people, the needed action will not be effectively taken. Upland Natural Resources and Social Ecological Systems in Northern Vietnam, Volume 2, goes beyond just Northern Vietnam to address the issue of transboundary natural resource management—an issue that Vietnam is dealing with in its relations with northern neighbor, China, and western neighbor, Laos—as well as the transboundary water governance between Pakistan and India in south Asia, with the hope that some of the lessons learned may one day be useful in the case of Vietnam and its neighbors.

Key Features

  • Provides a multi-disciplinary case study into a complex environmental situation involving government institutions, planning, and practices, using northern Vietnam as the focus
  • Covers the issues of natural resource management and biodiversity in depth using international case studies
  • Provides examples of measuring the potential climate change impacts on food security in agricultural regions
  • Examines topics such as planning for climate change, managing forestland, alleviating food shortages, living with biodiversity, and assessing development projects and policies


Environmental scientists, ecologists, NGOs, environmental economists, environmental consultants, government executives, development practitioners

Table of Contents

    • Words From Book Editors
      • Context
      • Volume 1
      • Volume 2
      • Volume 3
      • Volume 4
      • 1 Background
      • 2 Objectives of These Volumes
    • Foreword
    • Preface
    • I: Introduction
      • Chapter 1: Toward Transforming the Approach to Natural Resource Management in Northern Vietnam
        • Abstract
        • 1.1 Introduction
        • 1.2 Climate Change
        • 1.3 Payment for Ecosystem Services
        • 1.4 Land-Use Planning
        • 1.5 Adaptive Livelihoods in Response to Change
        • 1.6 Decentralization
        • 1.7 New Ways of Thinking to Managing Complex Natural Resources Systems
    • II: Climate Change
      • Chapter 2: Responding to Climate Change in the Agriculture and Rural Development Sector in Vietnam
        • Abstract
        • 2.1 Introduction
        • 2.2 Discussions and Implications
        • 2.3 Recommendations
      • Chapter 3: Assessing and Calculating a Climate Change Vulnerability Index for Agriculture Production in the Red River Delta, Vietnam
        • Abstract
        • 3.1 Background
        • 3.2 Methodology
        • 3.3 Results
        • 3.4 Results of Pilot Assessment in Some Provinces in the Red River Delta, Vietnam
        • 3.5 Discussion on Results
        • 3.6 Conclusion
    • III: Payment From Ecosystem Services
      • Chapter 4: Cash-Based Versus Water-Based Payment for Environmental Services in the Uplands of Northern Vietnam: Potential Farmers’ Participation Using Farm Modeling
        • Abstract
        • 4.1 Introduction
        • 4.2 Study Area
        • 4.3 Data and Descriptive Statistics
        • 4.4 Methodology
        • 4.5 Results
        • 4.6 Discussion and Conclusions
      • Chapter 5: A Voluntary Model of Payment for Environmental Services: Lessons From Ba Be District, Bac Kan Province of Vietnam
        • Abstract
        • 5.1 Introduction
        • 5.2 The Study Area
        • 5.3 Methods
        • 5.4 Results and Discussions
        • 5.5 Conclusion
    • IV: Land-Use Planning
      • Chapter 6: Land-Cover and Land-Use Transitions in Northern Vietnam From the Early 1990s to 2012
        • Abstract
        • 6.1 Introduction
        • 6.2 Origin of the Changes in Land Use and Land Cover
        • 6.3 Land-Use and Land-Cover Changes in Lowland Delta Areas
        • 6.4 Land-Use and Land-Cover Changes in Midland and Upland Areas
        • 6.5 Discussion and Conclusion
      • Chapter 7: The Role of Land-Use Planning on Socioeconomic Development in Mai Chau District, Vietnam
        • Abstract
        • 7.1 Concepts of Land-Use Planning
        • 7.2 Methods of LUP
        • 7.3 Overview of LUP in Vietnam
        • 7.4 Correlation Between LUP and Socioeconomic Development in Mai Chau District, Hoa Binh Province, Vietnam
        • 7.5 Conclusions and Discussions
    • V: Adaptive Livelihood in Response to Change
      • Chapter 8: Coping Mechanisms of the Ethnic Minorities in Vietnam’s Uplands as Responses to Food Shortages
        • Abstract
        • Acknowledgments
        • 8.1 Introduction
        • 8.2 Food Security Around the World
        • 8.3 Methodology
        • 8.4 Overview of the Study Area
        • 8.5 Findings and Discussion
        • 8.6 Conclusions and Recommendations
      • Chapter 9: Home Gardens in the Composite Swiddening Farming System of the Da Bac Tay Ethnic Minority in Vietnam's Northern Mountain Region
        • Abstract
        • 9.1 Introduction
        • 9.2 Materials and Methods
        • 9.3 Results and Discussions
        • 9.4 Conclusions and Recommendations
      • Chapter 10: How Agricultural Research for Development Can Make a Change: Assessing Livelihood Impacts in the Northwest Highlands of Vietnam
        • Abstract
        • 10.1 Introduction
        • 10.2 Research Methodology
        • 10.3 Findings and Discussion
        • 10.4 Conclusion
      • Chapter 11: Changes in the Nature of the Cat Ba Forest Social-Ecological Systems
        • Abstract
        • 11.1 Introduction
        • 11.2 Case Study Context and Methods
        • 11.3 Changes in Social-Ecological Systems
        • 11.4 Discussion and Conclusions
    • VI: Decentralization
      • Chapter 12: Decentralization in Forest Management in Vietnam’s Uplands: Case Studies of the Kho Mu and Thai Ethnic Community
        • Abstract
        • 12.1 Introduction
        • 12.2 Case Studies Context
        • 12.3 Methods
        • 12.4 Main Findings
        • 12.5 Discussion
        • 12.6 Conclusion
      • Chapter 13: Institutions for Governance of Transboundary Water Commons: The Case of the Indus Basin
        • Abstract
        • Acknowledgments
        • 13.1 Introduction
        • 13.2 Transboundary Water Issues in the Indian Subcontinent
        • 13.3 Dams’ Curse-Damn Curse!
        • 13.4 Interprovincial Water Governance Issues
        • 13.5 Sustainability of the Indus Basin Water Treaty vis-à-vis International Guidelines and Ostrom’s Design Principles
        • 13.6 Application of Ostrom’s Design Principles for Transboundary Water Commons
        • 13.7 Conclusions and the Way Forward
    • VII: New Way of Thinking to Managing Complex Natural Resource System
      • Chapter 14: A System Dynamics Approach for Integrated Natural Resources Management
        • Abstract
        • 14.1 Introduction
        • 14.2 System Dynamics
        • 14.3 Applications of the System Dynamics Approach for Managing Natural Resources-Based Tourism on Cat Ba Island, Vietnam
        • 14.4 Conclusions
      • Chapter 15: Navigating Complexities and Management Prospects of Natural Resources in Northern Vietnam
        • Abstract
        • 15.1 Introduction
        • 15.2 Major Natural Resources in Northern Vietnam
        • 15.3 Resource System Dynamics in a Changing Economy
        • 15.4 Major Disturbances to Resource Systems
        • 15.5 Coping Strategies
        • 15.6 Sustainability of These Coping Strategies
        • 15.7 Recommendations
    • Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 288
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2016
  • Published: September 1, 2016
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128104729
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128054536

About the Editors

Ganesh Shivakoti

Ganesh Shivakoti is the founder and director of Ostrom Center for Study of Natural Resources Governance (OCeAN) at Asian Institute of Technology (AIT). He is an Adjunct Professor in the Agricultural Systems and Engineering and Natural Resources Management Field of Study at School of Environment, Resources and Development (SERD), (AIT). He is also Visiting Professor at School of Sustainability, Arizona State University (ASU). He has published more than 90 peer-reviewed journal papers and edited and authored 12 books. His latest 2017 four edited volumes on “Redefining Diversity and Dynamics on Natural Resources Management in Asia” from Elsevier dedicated to Nobel Laureate Elinor Ostrom, are based on long-term academic collaboration in enhancing academic capacity of regional universities in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, Thailand and Vietnam on the issues related to natural resources governance and management.

Affiliations and Expertise

Adjunct Professor, Agricultural Systems and Engineering and Natural Resources Management Field of Staudy, School of Environmental, Resources and Development (SERD), Asian Institute of Technology, Khlong Luang, Pathum Thani, Thailand

Mai Thanh

Dr Thanh has almost 20 years’ experience in forestry, regional development planning and systems dynamic modelling working in Vietnam and in Australia. He has been published in journals, books as well as co-authored books on forest management and their impacts on local economies

Tran Vien

Dr Tran’s areas of specialization are in Agroecology and Human Ecology. Currently at Hanoi University of Agriculture where he is the Director for the Center for Agricultural Research and Ecological Studies (CARES). He’s published over 50 articles in Vietnamese and even more in English.

Affiliations and Expertise

Director, Center for Agricultural Research and Ecological Studies, Hanoi University

Steven Leisz

Dr Leistz, currently an Associate Professor at Colorado State University, received his PhD at the University of Copenhagen. He has worked in a variety of in Environmental Planning and Management in this region since 1999, and prior to that worked in spatial information technologies as well as local forestry initiatives in Africa. He has published over 30 articles and has contributed chapters to over 10 books.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor, Colorado State University

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