Vietnam has the second highest rate of deforestation of primary forests in the world, second only to Nigeria. However, regarding total forest cover, Vietnam has undergone a forest transition: its forest cover has increased since the early 1990s, after decades of deforestation. As of 2005, 12,931,000 hectares (the equivalent of 39.7% of Vietnam's land cover) was forested, although only 85,000 hectares (0.7% of the land cover) was primary forest, the most biodiverse form of forest. Vietnam has some 1,534 known species of fauna and 10,500 species of vascular plants, according to the World Conservation Monitoring Centre. 3.4% of Vietnam is protected under IUCN categories I-V.
By 2011 Forest Trends found tree coverage in Vietnam nearing pre-war levels, with all three classifications of forests comprising 40.2 percent of its land area. Similarly, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN has consistently listed Vietnam’s forests as moderately expanding between 1990 and 2015. In semi-toxic areas once defoliated by herbicides, researchers have found some success in introducing heartier, exotic tree species like eucalyptus, acacia and pine, to increase soil fertility and provide shade, allowing native species to take root. Most of the land granted to family households during the decentralization of forest management in the 1980s is now used to grow acacias. “Forest cover has been increasing, and the smallholder plantations are key to this recovery,” Phuc, of Forest Trends, said. The fast-growing exotic species have also provided some revenue for landowners in deforested areas. Donate today to preserve Vietnam's Forests!
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