Environmentally-friendly Foresting of Acacia Wood

Presentation.

Location

Trieu Ai Commune, Trieu Phong District, Quang Tri Province

Description

The purpose is to achieve sustainable economic improvement for small-scale foresters and to improve the environment via the Forest Stewardship Council’s (FSC) foresting of acacia wood log production. A partnership between Global Community Service Foundation (GCSF) Viet Nam and the Sustainable Bamboo, Acacia and Rattan Project (SBARP) /WWF-Viet Nam has been established to improve the livelihoods of local foresters through sustainable financing and sustainable forest management.

In Quang Tri Province, GCSF Viet Nam seeks opportunities to improve lives of people in rural areas through micro-finance projects. GCSF Viet Nam plans to establish a forestry credit fund for four collaborative groups with an estimated participation of 80 acacia smallholders in Trieu Ai Commune of Trieu Phong District. The aim of this credit fund is to support acacia smallholders in Trieu Ai to obtain sustainable income through sustainable forest management with targeted FSC certification.

The mission of WWF-Viet Nam is to stop the degradation of Viet Nam’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature. SBARP aims to support acacia, rattan and bamboo processing sectors in the Greater Mekong Region (Laos, Viet Nam and Cambodia) in sustainable development and environmental improvement as well as contributing to poverty reduction and increasing economic benefits. Under SBARP in Viet Nam, FSC® certified acacia commodity development is a key component. Current FSC® acacia plantations who are oriented to FSC certification face the challenge of how to have a sustainable financing mechanism to support smallholders for keeping their forest for a longer term to achieve higher value of timber.

The project in Trieu Commune is an opportunity for mutual cooperation between GCSF Viet Nam and SBARP to promote and/or to pilot the model of a micro-finance project in combination with sustainable forest management resulting in increased livelihoods for FSC® certified acacia smallholders.

Impact/Project Objectives

  1. Direct beneficiaries: Economic development for 80 household foresters with a total family population of over 400 people by providing them with micro-loans for extending 3 years of their current 4(5)-year-old forests using FSC standards.
    Indirect beneficiaries: over 5,000 residents in Trieu Ai Commune.
    The micro-loans will allow these smallholders to maintain their acacia forests for a longer growth cycle and use their acacia trees for saw-wood timber. Currently because of their limited access to bank loans, they follow a shorter growth cycle, selling their trees for wood chips.
  2. Income increases for acacia smallholders from $365/ha/year up to $680/ha/year by extending the planting cycle and adding value to the timbers
  3. Strengthen the local community by providing them with skills in community development planning and implementation
  4. Protect and improve the environment by applying sustainable forest management in accordance with FSC policies.