Forestland Conversion to Rubber Plantation in VietNam

Viet Nam

Forestland Conversion to Rubber Plantation in VietNam

Forestland has been excessively converted to rubber plantation, even in areas where rubber has never been planted before. By 2012 the total of rubber plantation reached already 910,500 ha. It means that the strategy to 2015 set by the Government is exceeded 200,000 ha by booming rubber plantations in almost every province.

The land conversion has influenced land use, environmental functions, and watershed health. Additionally, land conversion has affected society in terms of land ownership and sharing the benefits of land and natural resources. Several policies from central level provide direction and guidelines for converting forestland to rubber plantation. However, the implementation encountered a lot of problems on the ground. The knowledge on how forest conversion worked out has not been available to inform further policy development.

Tropenbos International Viet Nam has implemented the project in partnership with Forest Trends in Viet Nam and Viet Nam Academy of Forest Sciences. The project aims to provide policy makers with the information about the impacts of forestland conversion to rubber plantation on the social, economic, and environmental aspects, especially the local livelihood and role of private sector. It will also reflect how forest governance took place at the provincial level and downwards to community.




The project’s overall objectives are to improve the process and policies on forestland conversion in Viet Nam; to contribute to an equitable and sustainable use of natural resources, and to decrease deforestation.