Community-Based Assessment Of Forest Provisioning Ecosystem Services In The Northern Vietnam
Volume 4 - Issue 1, January 2020 Edition
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Thi Phuong Mai Nguyen, Thi Dong Nguyen
community-based assessment; forest provisioning ecosystem services; local demands; local supply; Vietnam-north.
Local communities - as direct users and managers of ecosystems - acutely do know about the provisioning services of forests in their area. Their assessment can support policy-making and strengthen the capacity to manage forest ecosystem services and natural resources at the local scale. Hence, the research investigates local people’s demands for forest provisioning ecosystem services (FPES), and their evaluation of the resource supply that contributes to their well-being. Methods of data collection are group discussions and household interviews in some villages in the Northern Vietnam. The research illustrates that local people have high demands concerning FPES for domestic use purposes, especially, requirements of timber for stilt - house building, fuel wood and water supply. Although the local demands have changed over time, these services are still of major concern while the supplies were evaluated to be at low level and limited in quantity and quality. Local people highly appreciated the role of forests to their income and their daily lives which indicates their considerable dependence on forests. Based on local people’s assessment and awareness of FPES, policy makers and managers could be enabled to perform more effective targeting and forest management interventions.
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