BOOK LAUNCH: Towards low-emission landscapes in Viet Nam

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Bogor, Indonesia, 21 March 2019— A new book celebrates ten years of contributions to a low-emission economy, preservation of forests, enhancement of watersheds, development of sustainable and profitable agroforestry and improvement of farmers’ livelihoods.

Towards low-emission landscapes in Viet Nam covers some of World Agroforestry Viet Nam’s key research over the past decade. The editors selected work that has contributed to integrated land-use planning for low-emission and sustainable-development strategies in rural landscapes. 

The research has been inclusive, integrative and informative: ‘Inclusive’ because the research includes strategies for both forest and agricultural land, for socio-economic and environmental objectives including hydrological functions, and was developed through participatory processes that took into account the perspectives and expectations of female and male smallholders (many of whom belong to different ethnic groups), local and national authorities, and scientists. ‘Integrative’ because the research integrates diverse factors when assessing the impact of the strategies on the multiple functions of landscapes. ‘Informative’ because the approaches were scientific methods drawing on local knowledge, and the findings were provided to national and provincial authorities and local communities. 

‘Viet Nam has committed to different international and national treaties, such as the Sustainable Development Goals and Nationally-Determined Contributions,’ noted editors Rachmat Mulia and Elisabeth Simelton. ‘An important strategy to achieve the targets formulated in the treaties, most by 2030, is to develop a low-emission and sustainable development pathway that contributes not only to mitigate climate change but also enhances resilience of rural landscapes and people to both economic and environmental shocks. We are happy to share World Agroforestry Viet Nam’s collection of work related to that issue, to show our presence in, and contribution to, the country, and hence we chose the International Day of Forest to launch the work.’ 

The book offers a collection of applied scientific tools and state-of-the-art methods in research. For example, a description of the spatial distribution of drivers of changes in forest types and conditions that have been modelled and used in participatory land-use planning; concrete recommendations for alternative systems to short-rotation plantations in forests and for crop-land intensification; and development of participatory advisory services for agroforestry systems.   

World Agroforestry officially started its operations in Viet Nam in 2007. Of the17 Sustainable Development Goals, the Viet Nam program prioritizes contributions to end poverty (SDG1), food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture (SDG2), achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls (SDG5), combat climate change (SDG13) and sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems and biodiversity (SDG15). 

World Agroforestry Viet Nam’s regional contributions include facilitating the ASEAN Guidelines for Agroforestry Development, which set an important basis in Southeast Asia for moving towards sustainable development. 

Designed in the style of scientific papers, all the research in the book is original, unpublished work from World Agroforestry’s projects in Viet Nam.


  • Proximate and underlying factors, and actors of forest cover change.
  • Developing alternative forest plantation systems for enhanced economic and environmental benefits.
  • The role of participatory land-use planning in reconciling targets of conservation and economic development.
  • Strategies to reduce emissionsfrom all land-uses.
  • Impact of land-use strategies on the hydrological functionsof a watershed
  • Providing farmers with agro-climate advisories for integrated and agroforestry systems

Mulia R, Simelton E, eds. 2018. Towards low-emissions landscapes in Viet Nam. World Agroforestry (ICRAF) Viet Nam, World Agroforestry (ICRAF) Southeast Asia Regional Program, Bogor, Indonesia

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