US helps Vietnam to protect forests and biodiversity in Central region
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on October 20th announced a new project that will assist Vietnam’s transition to climate-smart and low-emission development through improved forest protection, enhanced biopersity conservation, and increased resilience of communities.
USAID’s Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator for Asia Gloria Steele announced the USAID Green Annamites project during a meeting with leaders of the People’s Committee of Quang Nam province. This project, which runs from 2016 until 2020, will invest approximately USD 24 million in Quang Nam and Thua Thien-Hue provinces.
USAID and local officials at the local forest gate. (Photo: qdnd.vn)
“Climate change work is an important part of our strategy in Vietnam. This project is designed to improve people’s incomes by promoting investment in climate smart agriculture while at the same time conserving Vietnam’s natural forests and biopersity. Quang Nam and Thua Thien-Hue provinces are demonstrating how sustainable development can contribute to Vietnam’s efforts to achieve low emission and resilient economic growth”, said Ms. Steele.
Forests play a critical role in Vietnam by protecting watersheds, preventing soil erosion, mitigating climate change, and providing for resilient communities. They are also home to rare and endemic species only found in these areas. However, Vietnam’s forests, and the people and species that depend on them, are under increased pressure from unsustainable development.
The project, working in tandem with provincial authorities, will engage small-holder farmers and their families to improve livelihoods and increase investment in climate-smart agriculture while conserving the natural biopersity of the two provinces.
Climate change is a priority issue that directly threatens achieving Vietnam’s sustainable development goals. To accelerate Vietnam’s transition to low-emission development, USAID supports nation’s response to climate change through adaptation, sustainable landscapes, and clean energy programs./.
( VNF/PANO )