The national policy to rehabilitate and develop 5 million hectares of forests and other issues on wetlands

The program which was implemented in 1998 and will end in 2010 aims to have five million hectares reforested and 9.3 million hectares protected - an increase in forest cover from 28% to 43%. This increase will ensure ecological security, increase freshwater generation, and conserve genetic resources and biodiversity of the tropical forests. It will create two million jobs, contribute to hunger eradication and poverty alleviation, promote agriculture, and enhance political and social stability. However, the program faces a number of investment and institutional challenges. Some of these challenges can be overcome through technical and financial support as well as assistance in land use planning.


Nguyen, N.B. (2003)
Wetlands management in Vietnam: issues and perspectives