Following the approval of the 3rd Session Assembly of AFoCO on 28-29 October 2019 and subsequent funding confirmation by the Republic of Korea at the 3rd Donors’ Meeting held on 26 February 2021, the Secretariat organized the technical meeting for the pre-project inception with the Cat Tien National Park of Viet Nam Administration of Forest, to facilitate the arrangements of the project inception.
On 8 July 2021, the Asian Forest Cooperation and Organization and the Cat Tien National Park in Viet Nam signed the Memorandum of Understanding for the project entitled “Conservation and development of forest ecosystems biodiversity resources at Cat Tien National Park” over the next 5 years. The ceremony was commemorated by Mr. Ricardo L. Calderon, Executive Director of the AFoCO Secretariat, and Prof. Pham Van Dien, Deputy Director-General of Viet Nam Forestry Administration (VNFOREST).
Cat Tien National Park (CTNP) is a national park located in the south of Viet Nam, approximately 150 km north of Ho Chi Minh City. It has an area of about 720 km2. and was established in 1992 based on the area of Nam Cat Tien NR (Dong Nai province). At present, CTNP is under the Viet Nam Administration of Forestry. It is estimated as the reserve of natural resources in Vietnam with lots of rare, specious, and endemic genes of fauna and flora. In 2019, the identified biodiversity of flora and fauna includes 1,615 vascular plant species includes 1,521 species, respectively.
In recent years, CTNP has been supported by the Viet Nam Government, local authorities, domestic and international agencies, NGOs, and scientists; local people have better Forest protection regulations awareness. CTNP has been well protected so far. However, biodiversity conservation at the CTNP has been faced with many difficulties and challenges, like illegal logging, hunting, trapping, snaring of wildlife species, conv