Thailand, Lao PDR, Viet Nam
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.
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.
This project covers over 5000 beneficiaries from 15,000 households in Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam, and ecosystems covering over 20,000 hectares.
For more information about the project, please contact:
Department of Forestry (Lao PDR)
Reforestation Promotion Office of Royal Forest Department (Thailand)
Nghe An Provincial Forest Protection and Development Fund (Viet Nam)
Nan Community College (NCC-Thailand)