Less bare land and more trees and crops in Northwest Viet Nam
Research implemented by the World Agroforestry Centre in Viet Nam as part of the CGIAR Research Program on Integrated Systems for the Humid Tropics has found that the area under trees in three provinces in the northwest of the country increased by as much as 26% between 2000 and 2010.
According to the report Land use change analysis in Dien Bien, Son La and Lai Chau provinces, Northwest Vietnam, for the period 2000-2010, the increase in tree cover in the three provinces was primarily caused by trees replacing bare land and shifting cultivation areas. In particular, government reforestation programs planted trees on steep slopes and also provided farmers with technical and financial support to establish rubber plantations. The provinces constitute the Northwest Viet Nam action site of the research program’s Central Mekong Flagship.