Significant steps made towards restoring and rehabilitating forests in Cambodia & Viet Nam

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This article briefly highlights some of the achievements and outputs of the project on ‘Promotion of Forest Rehabilitation in Cambodia & Viet Nam through Demonstration Models & Improvement of Seed Supply System’, which was completed in 2019.

 

Background

The global community has been actively promoting activities related to recovering forest areas in hopes of keeping Earth green and healthy. Forest landscape restoration has become an area of interest of communities at all levels — an optimistic outlook for the environment sector. At the international level, there a number of initiatives that aim to restore forest areas. The Bonn Challenge, for example, is a global goal of restoring 350 million hectares of degraded and deforested landscapes by 2030.

At the country level, there are endeavors to fight forest depletion and degradation. Forest restoration and rehabilitation programs have been mainstreamed in national policies and strategies to involve the relevant ministries and agencies and achieve more tangible outputs.

The Cambodia National Forest Programme (2010-2029) sets objectives and goals in developing and managing forests to improve livelihoods, environmental services, and economic development. It includes targets to establish 500,000 hectares of high-value commercial plantations and distribute 10 million tree seedlings every single year. Likewise, the Viet Nam Forest Development Strategy (2006-2020) set objectives in managing, developing, and using forest sustainably and effectively to meet the basic demands nationwide, while ensuring the conservation of biodiversity. It sets tasks to enrich 0.5 million hectares and afforest 2.5 million hectares. The