TBI in Viet Nam works towards a sustainable production and inclusive and sustainable landscape management in the Central Highlands by bringing all stakeholders together on the basis of information about natural resources management.
The Central Highlands is known as one of the seven key agro-ecological regions of Viet Nam, the major producer of the main agricultural export commodities of the country and one of the two areas in need for investments toward sustainable development, defined by the National Government. It is also the region with the largest remaining natural forests of Viet Nam, accounted for 45.8% of the total area. The primary concern in the Central Highlands is how to enable forest rehabilitation, thus restoring both ecosystems that are appropriate for the natural geography of the region and agricultural production systems, in order to support comprehensive and sustainable development.
What we do:
- Support the revision of policies and laws related to forest development and natural forest protection based on participation by local people and evidence of effects of laws and policies on the ground
- Establish a regional forum to share information and facilitate lobby and advocacy towards a better forest governance in the Central Highlands.
- Promote the introduction of climate-smart agroforestry practices in coffee region of the Central Highlands
Tropenbos International works in Viet Nam through its local network partner Tropenbos Viet Nam.
Tropenbos International has been operational in Viet Nam since 2002. In 2017, Tropenbos Viet Nam became a legal national entity of Viet Nam and a member of the Tropenbos International network.
TBI in Viet Nam cooperated with national and international universities and research institutes to analyse and systematically evaluate the impact of both the government’s Forest Land Allocation (FLA) programme and Payment for Forest Environmental Services (PFES) policy on poverty alleviation and environmental integrity. The research findings have contributed to policy revisions, including a government directive to stop hydropower plants that do not compensate through new forest plantation establishment and a directive to halt the further expansion of rubber plantations at the cost of natural forests.