The FTViet Project Launched in Vietnam
The FTViet project begins its tenure in Vietnam.
Hue City, Vietnam - On 15 September 2017, the R4D project entitled “Assessing the ‘nature’ of a ‘forest transition’ in Vietnam: ecosystem services and social-ecological resilience in locally managed forest landscapes” (FTViet Project) was launched by University of Lausanne (UNIL), Hue University of Agriculture and Forestry (HUAF) and The Institute of Resources and Environment (IREN) of Hue University. More than 20 participants representing the state forest management agencies (such as Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Forest Protection Department, Forest Protection and Development Fund) and different research, teaching, and civil society organizations in Thua Thien Hue province attended the launch event.
Funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, the 6 year project (2017-2022) seeks to contribute to sustainable forest management in a region characterized by rapid change, including deforestation, Acacia plantations, and new, innovative policies promoting watershed protection, ecosystem payments, and community benefits.
At the opening, Dr. Roland Cochard, the Project Coordinator from UNIL shared the talk on the key concepts related to "forest transitions" all over the world and the importance in particular Vietnam's context. After that, Prof. Christian A.Kull, the Project Manager from UNIL highlighted key components, key research methods and expected results.
At the event, participants also discussed about the project partners, project sites and a number of mechanism that will be key components in the project implementation.