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As of: January 2018

Prevention of deforestation, forest degradation and leakage effects in the border area of central Viet Nam and in the south of Laos for long-term maintenance of carbon sinks and biodiversity

Objective and activities

The project is working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the destruction of forests by at least 1.8 million tonnes of CO2 in five years by improving the management of protected areas. To this end, the project partners are developing and putting into practice a sustainable management plan for a forested area of roughly 220,000 hectares, which consists of four protected areas and two connecting corridors. The project is improving monitoring of the corridors and provides training to relevant institutions in effective management of protected areas. Local administrations are also learning how mechanisms for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) work, how they can develop appropriate project outlines and how to determine the carbon stocks of the forests and track changes to them. Furthermore, the project is restoring areas of natural forest in other forest corridors in the border area between Vietnam and Laos through reforestation, enrichment planting schemes and sustainable forest management. Recently launched inspection and monitoring systems are making the lumber trade from Vietnam and Laos more transparent and reducing international 'leakage' of emissions resulting from REDD projects.

State of implementation/results

  • Project completed
  • A management information system (MIST) has been introduced in the three protected areas in Vietnam.
  • Training and continuous professional development activities for relevant stakeholders have been designed and carried out, including 45 game warden patrols in Hue Saola Nature Reserve and a 10-day training course for game wardens in Quang Nam Saola Nature Reserve.
  • A structure for management plans for the protected areas has been established in regional workshops and future steps towards cross-boundary cooperation adopted.
  • Two studies to define a framework for investigating the extent of illegal logging/lumber trading have been carried out; routes used to transport the lumber have been analysed using RapidEye satellite images.
  • Consultation workshops and an exchange of experience on rehabilitating degraded natural forests and creating bio-corridors have been carried out; guidelines for local authority land use planning have been developed.
  • MRV workshops (monitoring, reporting and verification) have been carried out. The participants were employees of the Laotian and Vietnamese protected area administrations and the government authorities responsible for protected area management.

Project data

Laos, Vietnam

Implementing organisation:
KfW Entwicklungsbank

Partner institution(s):
World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) - Germany

BMUB grant:
€ 7,000,000

12/2010 till 04/2017


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