Viet Nam

In Viet Nam the implementation of the National Forest Development Strategy by 2020 has influence on all the activities within the forestry sector. Socialization of forest management is the main objective of the strategy through the involvement of people, organizations and economic entities in the management of forests and forestlands for conservation, poverty alleviation, and economic development. Due to the widespread participation and successful forest management, Viet Nam’s forest cover has greatly increased over the last two decades. However, efforts to protect the remaining natural forests face a number of challenges such as poverty in indigenous communities, and population pressure through urbanization and infrastructure development.

 

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Payment for forest environmental services: encouraging results but constraints remain

Payment for Forest Environmental Services has created considerable impacts in terms of relieving the Vietnamese government’s financial burden towards forest protection and development, is the main conclusion derived from the discussions during the workshop “Disseminating the Policy of Payment for Forest Environmental Services (PFES) to Contribute to Sustainable Forest Management and Improved Livelihoods of Ethnic Minority People in the Uplands.” The workshop was jointly organized by Tropenbos Viet Nam and Vietnam Forest Science Technology Association (VIFA) on 27 June 2017 in Ha Noi.

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Kick-off Workshop on Landscape Approach for Communal Land Use Planning

Information and knowledge about the landscape approach for participatory land use planning at the communal level was shared during the kick-off workshop “Landscape Approach for Land Use Planning in Gung Re commune, Di Linh District” jointly organized by Tropenbos Viet Nam, the Sustainable Trade Initiative/the Initiative for Sustainable Landscape (IDH/ISLA) and the People’s Committee of Di Linh district on 12 April 2017.

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Hydropower Plant Development in Viet Nam’s Central Zone and Central Highlands: a Trade-off

Despite being a major source of electricity for daily use and production activities, excessive hydropower plant development in the Central zone and Central Highlands of Viet Nam has created adverse social-environmental impacts and on local people’s livelihoods. The main issues include ineffective planning, lack of proper monitoring of the implementation, and unsolved problems regarding compensation and resettlement for affected people. Those were the main conclusions drawn during the workshop “Sustainable Hydropower Plants Development in Viet Nam’s Central Zone and Central Highlands” jointly organized by Tropenbos International Viet Nam (TBI Viet Nam), the Centre for Social Research and Development (CSRD), the Da Nang Union of Science and Technology Associations, and the Viet Nam Rivers Network (VRN) on 6 December 2016 in Da Nang city.

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