International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation

International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation

‘FLOURISH’: RESTORING FORESTS IN THE MEKONG

Thailand, Lao PDR, Viet Nam

2018
2022
Local farmers in propagating Lung bamboo

Donors

Flourish: Production-driven forest landscape restoration under REDD+ through private sector-community partnerships

The Flourish project aims to enhance the climate change mitigation and adaptation potential of forests through production-driven landscape restoration and develop community-private sector business partnerships which help achieve forest restoration, forest productivity and improved livelihoods across three countries in Asia: Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam.

The approach will pilot local-specific business models between smallholders and the local private sector, to encourage the production, harvesting and processing of durable wood and bamboo products, and the replacement of liquid petroleum gas (LPG) with economically viable forest-biomass products.

The project has an important forest landscape restoration (FLR) component by focusing on reducing forest fires and restoring forest productivity.

Project Objectives
  • To develop community-private sector business partnerships which help achieve forest restoration, forest productivity and improved livelihoods across Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam.
  • To enhance the climate change mitigation and adaptation potential of forests through production-driven landscape restoration.
  • To provide local communities with food security and a commercial safety net.
  • To create economically viable FLR pathways, which promote local livelihoods and environmental protection.
Expected Outcomes
  • Enhanced capacity of local communities and government, and improved legal rights and incentives which encourage the development of forest restoration pathways;
  • Improved collaboration between communities and the private sector for sustainable forest management and equitable trade;
  • More investment and businesses established in wood, bamboo and other non-timber forest products, based on value chain assessments and advice.
  • Communication and knowledge transfer between pilot sites, including at regional and international level
Project Activities so far

In 2020, the project continued strengthening locals’ legal rights to land by helping farmers prepare application forms for forest land titles. The result was a massive upturn in applications for land: so far, most trainees have applied for the forest land titles, and more than 100 trained households have already received titles equivalent to just over 700 ha of forest land.

In Viet Nam, local Lung bamboo (Bambusa longissima sp. nov) forests are threatened by overexploitation. In 2020, INBAR successfully demonstrated how to propagate Lung bamboo with a high survival rate, to enrich and restore the depleting forests. Community forest managers have now been trained in these techniques using a manual created by the project.

In 2021, RECOFTC published a story about how better bamboo management was improving villagers’ incomes and way of life.

Beneficiaries

This project covers over 5000 beneficiaries from 15,000 households in Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam, and ecosystems covering over 20,000 hectares.

Contact Details

For more information about the project, please contact:

  • Li Yanxia, Senior Programme Officer, yxli [at] inbar [dot] int, China
  • Loc Khoa Manh, Field Coordinator, kmanh [at] inbar [dot] int, Viet Nam
Partners

Department of Forestry (Lao PDR)

Reforestation Promotion Office of Royal Forest Department (Thailand)

Nghe An Provincial Forest Protection and Development Fund (Viet Nam)

Regional Community Forestry Training Center for Asia and the Pacific 

Institute of International Forestry and Forest Products, TU Dresden

Nan Community College (NCC-Thailand)

Project resources

Guidelines for Lung Bamboo (Bambusa longissima sp. nov.) Propagation by Offsets and Planting

This manual aims to support people who work in bamboo forestry with the propa...