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Framework for Development and Management of Coastal Forests in Vietnam
Forests along Vietnam’s extensive coastline help promote adaptation and resilience against the impacts of climate change, including by reducing coastal and inland flooding, regulating water flow and quality, stabilizing hillsides, and sequestering carbon. These are all services that have the potential to generate revenue and leverage finance for larger-scale action.
Vietnam’s investments in forest rehabilitation over the last few decades have resulted in increased forest cover and an expanded timber industry. However, a primary focus on aforestation for wood supply has reduced the emphasis on natural forests and the range of ecosystem services that they provide. As a result, forest quality has declined and deforestation has deteriorated many natural coastal defenses, affecting the lives and livelihoods of forest-dependent communities.
PROFOR and the World Bank are supporting the Government of Vietnam in implementing the country’s 2006-2020 Forestry Development Strategy, which envisions the widespread delivery of ecosystem services for sustainable development, livelihoods and growth. To achieve this, there is a need to strengthen the planning, governance and management of forest resources to promote inclusion of local government and communities in forest management.
Specifically, this activity will support the Vietnam Forest Administration (VNFOREST) in developing two sets of guidelines for further policy actions: one guideline on the restoration, conservation and management of coastal forest within selected coastal areas; and another for reviewing the forest types in coastal provinces and the development of appropriate monitoring frameworks.
This activity is ongoing. Findings will be shared on this page when they become available.
Last Updated : 02-24-2017