This review was undertaken recognizing that the topic of poverty alleviation and forests is growing in importance in Vietnam. Policy decisions at the juncture of poverty alleviation and forests in Vietnam, at all levels of government, will depend critically on good information, and this information, in turn, will depend on research, given that almost no research has been done specifically on this subject. At the time of this writing, CIFOR is in the preparatory stages of implementing field research on this topic in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos.
We see three specific factors justifying this review:
1. There has been much written...