ASSESING THE NATURE OF FOREST TRANSITION IN VIETNAM
ELICITING NATION-WIDE FOREST COVER CHANGE USING OFFICIAL DATA
Within a region plagued by deforestation, Vietnam has experienced an exceptional turnaround from net forest loss to forest regrowth. This so-called forest transition, starting in the 1990s, resulted from major changes to environmental and economic policy. Investments in agricultural intensification, reforestation programs, and forestland privatization directly or indirectly promoted natural forest regeneration and the setting-up of plantation forests mainly stocked with exotic species. Forest cover changes, however, varied widely among regions due to specific socio-economic and environmental factors. We study forest cover changes (including natural and planted forests, as well as among different types of forests) and associated drivers in Vietnam’s provinces from 1993–present. The exhaustive literature reviews which are combined with multivariate statistical analyses of official provincial data will be generated.
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