Vietnam, 8th June, 2011 - Today, Thua Thien Hue’s People’s Committee and WWF Vietnam launched the “Annamites Carbon Sinks and Biodiversity” project to avoid deforestation and forest degradation, after it had been officially approved by Thua Thien Hue’s People’s Committee.
It is a sub-project of the “Avoidance of deforestation and forest degradation in the border area of southern Laos and central Vietnam for the long-term preservation of carbon sinks and biodiversity” project of the WWF Greater Mekong Programme, operating for 4 years aiming at developing a sustainable management and protection of approximate 200.000 ha trans-boundary forest area which contains global biodiversity values and high level of ability to absorb CO2. The aim is to avoid emissions of 1.8 million tons of CO2 deriving from deforestation and forest degradation.
The project is supported mostly by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety of Germany funded through KfW Entwicklungsbank (The German Development Bank).
“The success of the project will be proved through many indicators including: reforestation and protection of assigned forest areas, reduced impacts to forests from illegal logging, increased diversity and populations of mammals, and additional income of local households.” said Mr Van Ngoc Thinh, WWF Vietnam - Central Annamites Landscape Manager.
The project site is located within the Annamite mountain range – an important carbon sink - which links central Vietnam with southern Laos. This mountain range is an area of high biodiversity, unique endemism and includes one of the largest continuous natural forest areas in continental Asia. It has been designated a WWF eco-region, but it is also an area where deforestation and illegal logging are rife.
The project area comprises the two Sao La Nature Reserves and the Bach Ma National Park extension in Vietnam, and the Xe Sap National Protected Area in Laos. These areas are connected with Phong Dien and Song Thanh Nature Reserves (Vietnam) via natural forest corridors. In medium and short term, the continuously increasing fragmentation and degradation of these natural forest corridors is threatening the natural habitat, as well as the ecosystem resilience.
In Vietnam, the project will be implemented by WWF Vietnam in cooperation with Thua Thien Hue and Quang Nam provinces via the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Saola Nature Reserve and Bach Ma National Park (Thua Thien Hue); Forest Protection Department, Saola Nature Reserve (Quang Nam). In Thua Thien Hue, surveys will be carried in and by Bach Ma National Park and Saola Natural Reserve. The project will also be launched in Quang Nam in July 2011.
The CarBi project is supported with € 7 Mio. by the International Climate Initiative (ICI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and with € 1.2 Mio. by WWF Germany.
On behalf of the German Government, KfW - the German development bank - has taken on the role of the financing agency. WWF has been assigned the function of the implementing agency, in close collaboration with Government partners in Vietnam and Laos.