• Quan H. Nguyen
  • Dung D. Tran
  • Khoi K. Dang
  • Dorien Korbee
  • Luan D.M.H. Pham
  • Lan T. Vu
  • Tang T. Luu
  • Loc H. Ho
  • Maaike van Aalst
  • More Authors

The Vietnamese Mekong Delta (VMD) is one of the most examined deltas in the world given its dynamics, complexity, and vulnerability. In the past decades, the VMD has changed rapidly, especially the land use in relation with the socioeconomic development. National policy has profoundly influenced these changes and the changes have significantly affected local livelihoods. However, these changes are not well reported systematically. In this study, we investigate land-use changes based on institutional analyses across multiple scales, that is, from national, provincial, to local livelihood based on institutional and sustainability analysis. The results show a strong relationship between legal settings over the last 30 years on land use and livelihood transitions. In addition, the constraints of implementing national legal frameworks at provincial level in practice were identified including effects to local livelihoods. We offer some recommendations for sustainable livelihoods in the VMD, with a focus on increasing socioecological resilience.

Original languageEnglish
JournalSustainable Development
Publication statusPublished - 2020

    Research areas

  • agriculture development, land law, land-use change, sustainable livelihood, Vietnamese Mekong Delta

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