SDM Project: Restoration of local valuable tree species in the Huong Son upper catchment through nursery, extension of plantings, and field documentation for ensuring sustainability of SEPLS
Social Policy Ecology Research Institute (SPERI)
DATE OF SUBMISSION
(Farmers Field School Human Ecology Practical Area (FFS-HEPA), Sơn Kim 1 commune, Hương Sơn district, Hà Tĩnh province, northern central Việt Nam.)
Ms. Dang To Kien, Program Coordinator for Research and Publication
Natural forests in Huong Son district have been rapidly degrading due to poor management, illegal logging and replacement by rubber and acacia plantations. Yet these forests include locally valuable tree species, which are vitally important to local communities for their livelihood and cultural identity, as well as to maintain wildlife habitats. The project therefore focused on restoring the stands of local tree species and maintaining indigenous knowledge associated with these species. It built on existing learning platform in the target communities, i.e. ‘farmers field schools’ (FFS), which enhances participation of rural farmers.