Launching the Annamites Carbon Sinks and Biodiversity project - Quang Nam componentIt 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 CarBi project is supported with € 7 Mio. by the Federal Republic of Germany within the framework of the International Climate Initiative (ICI) of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) through KfW, the German development bank. Additional € 1.2 Mio are provided by WWF Germany.
”This project is a milestone for the joint efforts of Vietnam and Germany to protect biodiversity”, says KfW Senior Project Manager Alice Salburg-Falkenstein. “Looking beyond provincial and national borders is crucial if we want to make a real difference in conservation”, Ms Salburg-Falkenstein added with respect to the trans-boundary approach of the project.
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. WWF describes the area as one of the global top regions for conserving biodiversity, but it is also an area where deforestation and illegal logging are rife.
“The success of the project will be proved through many indicators, including a truly trans-boundary conservation approach, reforestation and protection of assigned forest areas, reduced impacts to forests from illegal logging, increased diversity and populations of mammals, and additional income for local households.” said Dr. Van Ngoc Thinh, Central Annamites Landscape Manager at WWF-Vietnam.
The project area comprises the Quang Nam Sao La Nature Reserve, the Hue Saola Nature Reserve and Bach Ma National Park extension in Vietnam, and the Xe Sap National Protected Area in Laos. These areas are connected between 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 Quang Nam and Thua Thien Hue 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). The official project start for Thua Thien Hue project’s component was earlier in June.
Mr. Pham Thanh Lam, Director of the Quang Nam Project Management Unit added: “Given that the new Saola Nature Reserve and biodiversity corridor is part of a wider, biodiversity-rich landscape, the support from WWF through this program will help to save the Saola and protect biodiversity not only in Quang Nam province, but also throughout the Central Annamites.”