Forest and Society

Introduction to: Vol 2. Issue 2, November 2018

We are delighted to present our latest issue that focuses on a special section of agrarian transformation in Thailand.  It is our first attempt to learn and understand the changing of agriculture and rural communities in Thailand through specific commodity. It is a great start for us to encourage ourselves and people who are interested in this issue to look, learn and share more. We would like to invite all of our valuable readers to review it and please feel free to give comments and share your ideas through our social media. We hope to keep up the good work and compile more other interesting stories.  For the complete list of contents for the issue, click here


Next Special Section:

Forest and Society is in the midst of putting together a special section on Social Forestry in Indonesia. We are still accepting submissions and we would like your help to spread the news through your networks. Please contact the editors at for submissions.

Due to widespread interest in social forestry policy issues in Indonesia, many of you have asked about ways to contribute through various means and mechanisms. We are therefore opening up the possibility for submitting short pieces under topics such as : Policy Forum, Field Notes, and Methodological Engagement. These formats are ideal for those that would like to share up-to-date discoveries or provocations on social forestry research, policy, and implementation in Indonesia. These viewpoints are also critical for engaging in the review papers that we will be developed in this process.

Policy Forum: Social forestry in Indonesia has come to the forefront of rural development policy. It is contentious and complex, with numerous schemes, and imagined to address much of the challenges associated with land conflict and access to natural resources. Policy Forum pieces should therefore be short and to the point, addressing a particular aspect about contemporary administrative and implementation dynamics of social forestry.

Field Notes: Much of the challenges of social forestry implementation is in the ways that it is being applied. Field Notes are intended to provide a bottom up picture of how social forestry policy implementation is experienced among communities. This could include participatory mapping, conflict resolution forums of boundary conflicts, administrative engagement of who is involved in the process and who might be left out. This forum is ideal for submissions among the many NGOs involved in facilitating Social Forestry policy implementation.

Methodological Engagement: This forum is designed to identify some of the various ways that social forestry is implemented and grounded in the field. It can bridge both the academic and the practical, and is geared towards supporting various stakeholders in quickly evaluating the many elements and dynamics of social forestry.

Many thanks,

M. Alif Sahide, Micah Fisher, and Ahmad Dhiaulhaq  Crossref Member Badge      



Call for paper: Special Section on Community Forestry and Sustainable Development in Vietnam: Evaluating Emerging Challenges and Assessing Opportunities


In the past two decades, Vietnam has embarked on a radical policy shift governing its forests, namely from state-owned forest management to a community-based approach. The Vietnam government adopted community forestry as a national program to achieve multiple objectives of empowering communities, increasing livelihood opportunities, and improving conservation outcomes. Vietnam community forestry policies are part of a broader shift in policies of decentralization in Vietnam (such as Decree 29/1998 and its amendment decree 79/2003) and around the world that seek to enhance wider public participation of different non-state actors, especially those related to community engagement.

In 2004, the Vietnam Forest Protection and Development Law officially recognized community forestry and provided the legal basis for the allocation of forest-use rights to individuals, households, and communities for forest protection and development. This shift in legal framework and ensuring policy implementation initiated widespread recognition of community forestry in Vietnam. According to the State of Forest report in 2015, a total of 4,256,375 ha of forest land in Vietnam was transferred to management authority among local actors. Of this, 3,145,967 ha (74 percent) are managed directly by households, and 1,110,408 ha (26 percent) by communities (MARD, 2016). Although community forestry in Vietnam could be considered as a practical strategy in linking poverty alleviation and sustainable forest management, many challenges still remain to achieve these goals in practice.

Therefore, the Forest and Society is initiating a call for papers that will contribute to an in depth examination of community forestry in Vietnam. This special issue seeks to compile evidence-based studies on community forestry processes, trends, and effectiveness at different scales, ranging from current policies, institutions, and case studies. Overall, we seek to better understand how community forestry can contribute to sustainable development in Vietnam. What are the current enabling conditions, where are the barriers, and what are the opportunities for community forestry? Furthermore, as community forestry underpins the success of numerous other international policy goals, particularly in climate change, we also call for submissions that take a closer examination of the role that community forestry plays in the context of broader global initiatives such as PES, REDD+, and FLEGT.

This special section belongs to a series of recent calls by Forest and Society on emerging trends of social forestry across the Southeast Asia region. The primary aim is to promote high – quality research on community forestry and sustainable development from diverse perspectives. We invite authors of various backgrounds ranging from academics, researchers, students, concerned citizens, policymakers, and forestry practitioners to contribute original research, and we are particularly interested in a range of methods (quantitative, qualitative, and mixed).

Submission Guidelines 

Tentative publication schedule:

  • Submission     : September 2018 – May 2019
  • Peer Review    : Since submitted until June 2018
  • Publishing       : August  2019

For further information, read the full instruction for authors as well as the template: here, or submit your paper via the journal’s online submission site: here 

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Posted: 2018-09-09
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Table of Contents

Special Section: Agrarian transformation in Thailand - commodities, landscapes, and livelihoods

Sukanlaya Choenkwan, Micah R. Fisher
Anan Polthanee
Uraiwan Tongkaemkaew, J. Sukkul, Narathorn Sumkhan, Phantip Panklang, Alain Brauman, Roslan Ismail
Chalee Gedgaew, Suchint Simaraks, A. Terry Rambo
Kanchana Duangta, Yos Borisutdhi, Suchint Simaraks