Threats to the Forest
Despite being one of the best examples of its kind, Khe Nuoc Trong forest is amongst Vietnam’s most threatened. As well as suffering from the war, this forest has been fragmented, degraded and cleared for agriculture or plantations. In addition, illegal timber extraction and poaching for the wildlife and restaurant trade takes place and will only continue without strong, adequate enforcement.
The Pelorus Foundation is supporting World Land Trust’s partnership with Viet Nature Conservation Centre as they transform Khe Nuoc Trong to a Nature Reserve, thus increasing its levels of protection. This innovative project aims to reduce illegal wildlife hunting and restore degraded areas to ultimately relieve the forest of its pressures, enabling it to return to previous high-quality standards. To ensure the area is well protected, World Land Trust is funding an expert team of rangers to patrol the area, and will educate and support local communities and the government. Over the next 30 years, estimates dictate that the protection of Khe Nuoc Trong will sequester 50,000 tonnes of CO2 every year.
Through conducting a carbon balance audit, the Pelorus Foundation can determine the precise cost of offsetting and in turn, can provide necessary funding for projects such as the crucial protection of Khe Nuoc Trong forest.