Research on forest enrichment using high-value native species in Hoa Binh Province launched in Viet Nam

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This article briefly highlights the achievements of the project on ‘Research on Forest Enrichment using High Valuable Native Species in Hoa Binh Province, Viet Nam (AFoCO/022/2021)’, which is a research-based project jointly implemented with the National Institution of Forest Science (NIFoS) of the Republic of Korea.

Background

Viet Nam has suffered from the degradation of its natural forests caused by illegal logging, forest fires, land conversion, unsatisfactory rehabilitation, and free grazing, despite the efforts made to establish sustainable forestry management and development policies. Particularly Hoa Binh province in the Northwest, where the largest hydroelectricity plant in Viet Nam is located, requires a large and stable watershed forest to accommodate the power plant. However, approximately 85% of the natural forests in the province remain poor and degraded, and in need of urgent rehabilitation. Various efforts have been made for rehabilitation and forest enrichment using native species such as Xoan dao (Prunus arborea), Re huong (Cinamomuminer), De cau (Quercus Platycalyx Hickel) which have been successful in other regions of Phu Tho province. But these programs were not as successful in Hoa Binh province due to its inadequate choice of site-species and techniques, and the lack of scale and concentration in its efforts, once again stressing the need to ameliorate current methods and skills. Thus, under the support from AFoCO and NIFoS, a project called “Research on For