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During the Vietnam war, the United States used large amounts of defoliants which destroyed large swathes of forests. By the end of the war in 1975, estimates put Vietnam's forest coverage at just 17%, down from more than 40% in the 1940s. The loss of forests was further compounded by a rapid economic recovery fuelled by widespread logging and agriculture.
Ever since, the Vietnamese government has been working hard to bring back their country's forests. Today, Vietnam's forest coverage is just over 40%, and new initiatives from the government are protecting and conserving more and more trees.
Vietnam continues to plant trees as a strategy to protect itself from the impacts of climate change. Restoring mangrove ecosystems is helping to protect against sea-level rise and intensifying tropical storms, while planting more trees inland is helping bolster sustainable livelihoods through agroforestry, while reducing pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
Forests are an essential part of our planet’s carbon and water cycles. A fully grown tree can release hundreds of liters of water in one day! Healthy trees absorb carbon dioxide and keep climate stable.
Vietnam is home to more than 1500 species of mammals, amphibians, birds, and reptiles. Of these species, some 8% are endemic and another 8% are endangered. Tree planting in ensures these animals's habitats are protected
Through our partners in Vietnam, tree planting develops income opportunities for communities, in particular for minority groups in two villages, by creating jobs in planting, maintenance, and forest conservation.