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Goal and Objectives

The goal of the project is to maximize contribution of forests on hunger elimination, poverty alleviation, environmental services and livelihood improvement.

Specific objectives are:

  1. Increasing and diversifying forest products through planting non timber forest product species in the forest
  2. Increasing long term economic values of natural forests through timber composition improvement
  3. Enhancing local capacity on production of market - oriented forest products
  4. Enhancing ecological services including carbon sequestration, catchment and soil protection, biodiversity conservation by minimizing forest degradation and sustainable forest management
  5. Strengthening personal capacity to local institutions, farmers’ understanding in forest restoration and management, and NTFP processing

Expected Outputs

  1. 50 ha of pilot models of planting NTFP species in forests and 500 clumps of bamboo species are planted around stand borders and hill foots will be established. Income of local farmers from harvesting forest product is increased.
  2. 50 ha of pilot models of forest restoration by improvement thinning and enrichment planting by high value timber species will be established.
  3. Technical handbooks, leaflets on restoration silviculture techniques, growing techniques of NTFP and high value timber species, forest protection and NTFP processing etc. will be developed and distributed to project areas and nearby regions. Village regulations on forest protection and forest product benefit sharing will be developed; Village forestry development fund will be established.
  4. Training courses and study tours on restoration silviculture techniques, growing techniques of NTFP and high value timber species, forest protection and NTFP processing will be conducted for project’s villagers and nearby communities with good quality

Project Activities

  • Forest status inventory.
  • Training courses/ study tours on successful models of planting NTFP species
  • Model design for non-timber forest species planting
  • Collections of qualified seeds/ seedlings of NTFP species for establishing models
  • Establishing pilot models including planting, tending and protecting species and collecting and processing NTFP.
  • Training courses/ study tours on successful models of planting high value timber species
  • Model design for enrichment planting high value timber trees
  • Collections of qualified seeds/ seedlings of high value timber species for establishing models
  • Establishing pilot models including planting, tending and protecting trees
  • Development of technical handbooks and leaflets
  • Development of village regulations on forest protection and forest product benefit sharing through participatory rural appraisal (PRA) approach
  • Establishment and maintenance of village forestry development fund
  • Dissemination of handbooks, leaflets, regulations and development methods
  • Development of training materials
  • Training courses/ study tours for local and nearby staff and farmers

Project Executing Agency:

Phu Tho Sub-Department of Forestry, Vietnam (PTDF)

Project Supervisory Agency:

Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (MARD)

Economy Directly Benefiting: Vietnam

Project Cost: USD 624,750

APFNet’s Grant: USD 499,750

Counterpart Contribution and Co-financing: USD 125,000

Duration: 3 years

 

Progress

The goal of the project is to maximize contribution of forests to hunger elimination, poverty alleviation, environmental services and livelihood improvement through the establishing pilot models of best practices in restoration of degraded secondary forests and increasing participation of local communities in forest management.

A number of key activities to demonstrate the restoration of degraded secondary forest and strengthen capacity-building have been conducted since the project was initiated in September 2010 (see figure1and 2 for working sites).

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Fig 1 Map of Thu Cuc Commune

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Fig 2 Map of Thuong Cuu Commune

Pilot models of restoring degraded secondary forest are under establishment in Thu Cuc and Thuong Cuu communes in Phu Tho province

Survey on the site conditions (such as topography, rainfall regime, soil type, climate, vegetation, etc) and land owners’ permission for use of the land was conducted to select the suitable locations and species for planting in the pilot models. Details of species to be planted are shown in the table 1. Subsequently the pilot model design was completed with the assistance of project technical assistant partner. The pilot models of a total area of 26.19 ha of high value timber species and 16.85 ha of NTFP species were established in the Thu Cuc Commune and Thuong Cuu Commune (see figure3,4 and 5 for degraded secondary forest of project communes, project pilot model design and nursery of the high value timber species). Protection of the pilot models was implemented since the trees were planted. The first tending for the models in Thu Cuc was done. In order to further guarantee the sustainable management of the pilot models, 12 meetings on Community Forest Management in the two communes were held to help to develop village regulations on forest protection and forest product benefit sharing mechanism.

No.High value timber speciesLocal nameNTFP speciesLocal name
1 Erythrophleum fordii (Ef) Lim xanh Dracaena ensifolia Huong bai
2 Michelia mediocris (Mm) Gioi xanh Desmodium styracifonium Kim tien thao
3 Parashorea chinensis (Pc) Cho chi Calamus tetradactylus May nep
4 Dipterocarpus retusus (Dr) Cho nau Erythropalum scandens Rau bo khai
5 Manglietia conifer (Mc) Mo Morinda officinalis Ba kich

Table 1: The species chosen to be planted in the pilot models

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Fig 3 Degraded secondary forest in the project communes

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Fig 4 Pilot model design

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Fig 5 Nursery of the high value timber species

Technical documents were developed and training activities were organized in the Thu Cuc and Thuong Cuu communes in Phu Tho province

In order to introduce and expand the pilot model to other adjacent areas of the province as well as other provinces, 4 technical guidelines handbooks and 15 leaflets (see figure 6 and 7) on planting, tending and processing 5 high-value timber and 5 NTFP species were developed and disseminated to local people and nearby regions. Apart from this, 5 training courses on NTFP species planting, pest and disease preventing and seed sowing were conducted in Phu Tho province. 14 households in Sinh Tan village, Thuong Cuu commune, 15 households in Que village, Thu Cuc commune, key forest rangers in the two communes, together with staff of Phu Tho Sub-Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, staff of Phu Tho Sub-Department of Agriculture and Forestry Extension, totaling 40 people got trained through field practice under the guidance of the national experts. In addition, 2 study tours on seed sowing, nursery establishing and forest enrichment by planting timber and NTFP species, were conducted in Bac Giang province and Phu Tho province. The study tour provided a good opportunity for local farmers to learn about the real models, exchange the applied techniques and realize about how these trees species had contributed into improving income of the families visited.

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Fig 6 Technical guidelines on enrichment planting of native timber species & NTFP species

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Fig 7 Technical leaflets