Tree Diversity and Forest Composition of Viet Nam

Viet Nam

Tree Diversity and Forest Composition of Viet Nam

The diverse forest types and plant species of Viet Nam provide much needed resources for over 25 million people. Unfortunately, this need has led to unsustainable forestry practices including a long history of deforestation. Economic development, climate change, and other external factors have already impacted diversity of Viet Nam’s forests, and the problem has great potential to increase over time.

Today, Viet Nam’s forests have a high demand for not only economic preservation, but also biodiversity and environmental protection. The purpose of this project is to ascertain more of the urgently needed relevant information on the distribution of Viet Nam’s biodiversity. Such information is crucial for proper policy development on protection and development at the national scale. This four year study, from 2010 to 2013, is made possible through partnership with Viet Nam Forestry Inventory and Planning Institute, Utrecht University in the Netherlands, and Tropenbos International Viet Nam.

Duration

2010 - 2013

Objective

1. Understand environmental/ geographical drivers and human impacts on tree composition, tree diversity in Viet Nam 2. Contribute to knowledge on geography of rarity and endemism 3. Predict distribution of important forest types through indicator species 4. Measure influences to tree diversity from regional and local processes 5. Map ranges of commercially important tree species 6. Estimate distribution and regulation of biomass in Viet Nam’s forests