The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Vietnam on June 8 launched the project “Annamites Carbon Sinks and Biodiversity” to avoid deforestation and forest degradation, in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue.

It is a sub-project of the “Avoidance of deforestation and forest degradation in the border area of southern Laos and central Vietnam for the long-term preservation of carbon sinks and biodiversity” project of the WWF Greater Mekong Programme.

The sub-project aims to develope a sustainable management and protection of approximate 200,000 ha trans-boundary forest area which contains global biodiversity values and high level of ability to absorb carbon dioxide. The aim is to avoid emissions of 1.8 million tonnes of carbon dioxide delivering from deforestation and forest degradation.

The project, scheduled to run in four years, is supported mostly by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety of Germany.

The project area comprises the two Sao La Nature Reserves and the Bach Ma National Park in Vietnam and the Xe Sap National Protected Area in Laos. These areas are connected with Phong Dien and Song Thanh Nature Reserves in Vietnam via natural forest corridors.

WWF Vietnam – Central Annamites Landscape Manager, Van Ngoc Thinh said: “The success of the project will be proved through many indicators including reforestation and protection of assigned forest areas, reduced impacts to forests from illegal logging, increased diversity and populations of mammals, and additional income of local households”./.