"Forest management and Forest Products Exploitation by in the BufferZone of the
Pu Mat National Park, Nghe An province, Vietnam"
Date: Thursday, May 15, 2003 15:00 - 17:00
Venue: Room E207, 2nd Floor, East Wing, The Center for Southeast
Asian Studies (CSEAS), Kyoto University
By Dr. Dao Trong Hung, CSEAS Visiting Fellow
Forest management and forest products exploitation by Thai villagers
in the buffer zone of the Pu Mat National Park, Nghe An province, Vietnam
In Vietnam, most of the people living around Nature Reserves and National Parks are ethnic minorities. Their livelihoods are highly dependent on exploitation and use of forest products.
The Pu Mat National Park was established in 1996 in order to implement the government policy of expanding area of nature reserves to conserve biodiversity and protect the remaining area of primary forest. The Pu Mat National Park covers an area of 91,000 ha. Its buffer zone area comprises 100,000 ha. People living in the buffer zone are Thai, Kho Mu, Dan Lai and Kinh. The Thai are the largest group and compose 70% of the community.
In this seminar, results of recent field research among the Thai living in the buffer zone of the Pu Mat National Park will be presented. Different types of forest vegetation communities in the research site are delineated and the ways in which they are managed by the Thai described. Particular attention will be given to the exploitation of forest products by the Thai and the impacts that their activities have on the forest.