Vietnam: Preserving Forests, Engaging Communities
This document details a success story within the Thanh Hoa province of Vietnam, a region in which the majority of farmers live at or below the poverty line in many of the rural communities.
Payments for Forest Environmental Services, or (PFES), is a payment mechanism aimed to mobilize contributions from society for forest protection and to enhance the economic value of the forest environment, and is beneficial for both people and systems within Thanh Hoa’s Hang Cau village. The PFES was implemented in 2012 and currently accounts for nearly 25% of Vietnam’s total annual investment into the forestry sector. Benefits of the PFES are tangible: people who monitor the forest receive about $7 USD per day of work and the rest of the money is put toward village renovation and an emergency fund. Though the PFES is a relatively new system, members of the village are encouraged that it could benefit both the forest and the community by supporting larger infrastructure improvements.