The Project aims to maintain and increase forest quality as well as protect and stabilize wildlife populations in national parks and reserves in high conservation value provinces including Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Thua Thien Hue, Quang Nam and Lam Dong.
Project NamePromote Conservation-Friendly Enterprises in Forest Dependent Communities
Project PhaseJanuary 2021 to March 2025
Thematic focusSustainable and Inclusive Economies
Vietnam is one of the most biodiverse countries on earth with a huge variety of distinctive and fascinating plants and animal species, many of which are found nowhere else. A large part of the remarkable fauna and flora exist in Special-use Forests (SUF) and Protection Forests (PF) in isolated, mountainous areas stretching over the Central region. However, within these remaining forest management units, there are significant threats from legal and illegal forest conversion, logging and poaching of wildlife. In order to stop biodiversity loss and conserve the Vietnam’s natural treasures, there is an urgent need to envolve government partners and civil society in improving the effectiveness of forest management and law enforcement, and in enhancing the levels of community engagement towards sustainable development.
Helvetas Vietnam, in a consortium with WWF, IUCN and Fauna and Flora International (FFI), are implementing USAID’s Vietnam Biodiversity Activity to maintain and increase forest quality as well as protect and stabilize wildlife population in five high conservation value provinces of Central Vietnam including Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Thua Thien Hue, Quang Nam and Lam Dong.
The Project’s objectives include:
- Improving the benefits to communities from conservation-friendly value chain linkages;
- Strengthening the management of special use and protection forests;
- Supporting the increased functionality of law enforcement systems; and
- Reducing local demand for wildlife through behaviour change methodologies.
Helvetas Vietnam has the overall responsibility for the conservation-friendly enterprise development component, targeting forest-dependent communities bordering national parks within the Project areas. In order to provide forest-dependent communities with incentives and opportunities to move toward diversified conservation-friendly income streams, Helvetas activities will encourage growth of forest and biodiversity friendly value chains for NTFPs, high-value agriculture and products that have clear established and unmet demand. The project will also support the development and expansion of community-based ecotourism that encourages individuals, communities, and companies to value forests and biodiversity in new and sustainable ways, thereby incentivizing their preservation and internalizing environmental opportunity costs. Additional efforts will be made to transition professional hunters and loggers out of illegal trade into legal businesses and employment.