Progress Towards Sustainable Landscapes in Vietnam
This timeline tracks Vietnam’s work towards sustainable landscapes from 2008 to 2018. Along with a timeline depicting major accomplishments over time, a brief introduction on Vietnam’s sustainable landscapes work, as well as key achievements, are provided.
Vietnam has approximately 14 million hectares of natural and plantation forests and an estimated 25 million people living in and around them. While forest cover has increased since 2012 from 40.7% (13.8 million ha) to 41.5% in 2014, forest resources are increasingly vulnerable to impacts of typhoons and other major weather events. These resources are also faced with pressures from illegal logging and land conversion. Projected future GHG emissions are expected to increase due to growth in industry and energy. In response to these threats, and in recognition of the importance of sustainable forest management, the Government of Vietnam has developed and implemented several initiatives and various national programs aimed at protecting and restoring its forests while setting a path toward sustainable development and a low carbon economy. USAID’s sustainable landscapes programming has supported Vietnam in its efforts to mobilize domestic resources through payment for forest environmental services (PFES), improve livelihoods for forest dwelling communities, and remain at the forefront of REDD+ readiness by helping Vietnam to meet the criteria of international finance markets. Vietnam has been extraordinarily successful in mobilizing its domestic resources—PFES revenues, leading to greater self-reliance in both planning and implementing forest protection measures.