Conservation and Reforestation in Vietnam: Evaluating local PFES

Authors: Kimberly Ordonez*, The Ohio State University, Matthew Hamilton, The Ohio State University, Calleb Gallemore, Lafayette College, Thuy Pham Thu, Center for International Forestry Research
Topics: Land Use and Land Cover Change, Remote Sensing
Keywords: PFES, reforestation, remote sensing, wildlife response
Session Type: Virtual Paper
Day: 4/8/2021
Start / End Time: 11:10 AM / 12:25 PM
Room: Virtual 45
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Multiple dangers, such as illegal logging and conversion of land to cash crops, have slowed the recovery of forested land in Vietnam from a historic low of 17% of the country's total landcover. Payments for Ecosystem Services (PFES) have been employed in all 58 provinces of Vietnam to bolster reforestation through prevention of landcover loss for crops and provision of alternative income sources to rural communities. These rural villages manage forested lands collaboratively, along with many NGOs and government insight. To evaluate the success of the Vietnam Forest Protection and Development Fund (PFES system), initiated in 2008, we use remote sensing data to assess forest landcover change throughout the country. The European Space Agency provided 300m landcover data from 1992-2018. Spatial data were clipped per province to search for local differences in forest recovery by reforestation plans and varying communication between collaborating managers. Lastly, at risk wildlife species' population levels and dispersion patterns were assessed in relationship to reforestation outcomes. Species dispersion patterns show an indication of areas for focus of fragmentation corridors and improved communication between management agents.

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