A programme implemented by Fauna & Flora International with sponsorship from the European Union since January 2012 has yielded positive conservation results in the Central Highlands province of Kon Tum.

The 251 million VND programme (11,797 USD), part of the Asia-Pacific Community Carbon Pools Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+ CCP), has helped reduce deforestation and forest degradation, as well as decrease the number of forest fires in Hieu commune of the Kon Plong district.

At the same time, it improved the livelihood of locals, who depend on forest resources for their living.

All major forest areas have been allocated to locals for management, in return they are paid for their forest care. As a result, forest protection has improved remarkably and illegal timber exploitation cases are detected and handled in a timely manner.

Locals were also provided with training on managing forest areas and to use forest resources effectively.

The Hieu commune has nearly 17,900 hectares of forests, home to numerous rare flora and fauna species, including the grey-shanked douc langur and yellow-cheeked gibbon.

Between 2002 and 2011, over 1,600 hectares of forests in the locality were lost.-VNA