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Record number 431939
Title Organic coasts? Regulatory challenges of certifying integrated shrimp–mangrove production systems in Vietnam
Author(s) Tran Thi Thu Ha, Ha; Bush, S.R.; Mol, A.P.J.; Dijk, H. van
Source Journal of Rural Studies 28 (2012)4. - ISSN 0743-0167 - p. 631 - 639.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jrurstud.2012.07.001
Department(s) Environmental Policy
Rural Development Sociology
WASS
WIMEK
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2012
Keyword(s) environmental governance - sustainability initiatives - aquaculture - certification - thailand - standards - impacts - state - agriculture - communities
Abstract The Vietnamese government aims to expand the scale of Naturland certified organic production in integrated shrimp–mangrove farming systems across the coast of Ca Mau province by 2015. In doing so the division between public and private regulation has become blurred. We analyze the government's goal by examining the regulatory challenges of using organic certification as a means of linking farm-level management to the sustainability of coastal (mangrove) landscapes. The results show the importance of farmer perceptions of sustainable farm and landscape management, fair benefit sharing mechanisms in the certified value chain, and legitimate private sector-led auditing. We conclude that in order to overcome conflicts of interest and legitimate representation in organic certification, the social and economic conditions of production require regulatory intervention from provincial and local level government. To achieve benefits beyond the scale of the farm, the role of shrimp producers should be redefined as partners in rather than targets of regulation.
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