Viet Nam: Forests for Livelihood Improvement in the Central Highlands Project

Sovereign Project | 34341-012

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Project Name Forests for Livelihood Improvement in the Central Highlands Project
Project Number 34341-012
Country Viet Nam
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 3818-VIE: Forests for Livelihood Improvement in the Central Highlands Project
Japan Special Fund US$ 800,000.00
Netherlands Fund (with LoA) US$ 760,000.00
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture, natural resources and rural development - Forestry

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description The goal of the TA and its ensuing project is to harness the full developmental and conservation potential of Viet Nam's forest sector. The immediate objective is to assist the Government in preparing a Sector Development Program (SDP) for improving food and livelihood security; reduce social, economic, gender inequities, and poverty by improving on- and off-farm incomes, in particular ethnic minorities living in or near forests; and enhance sustainable natural resource management and environmental protection in the Central Region. The TA will comprise two parts. The first part will prepare the policy/program component while the second part will prepare the investment component of the envisaged SDP. The investment component will support the implementation of the policy and institutional reform actions at the provincial level, and the policy/program component will provide the enabling policy/institutional framework for effective and efficient implementation of the investment component. The TA will also identify specific project implementation support needs and priorities. The likely contents of policy-related actions under the program component will be: (i) enhancement of cross sectoral policy coherence; (ii) implementation of policy, regulatory, and institutional reforms at central and local level; (iii) implementation of forest land-use classification and planning at macro level; (iv) adoption of integrated land-use planning and management in rural areas using participatory approach; (v) implementation of reform/restructure program of State Forest Enterprises (SFEs); (vi) formulation and adoption of sustainable forest and biodiversity management plans for priority forest areas in the country; and (vii) strengthening tree and forest product marketing. The economically justified investment component will focus on the Central Highlands. The contents of the investment component will include: (i) integrated natural resource development plan for the entire Project Area; (ii) investment plans for the individual participating provinces for improving livelihoods and sustainable forest management; (iii) investment plans for ethnic minority food and livelihoods security and development; and (iv) proposal for GEF-eligible biodiversity conservation work.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services A total of 124 person-months of consulting services will be required: 37 international and 87 domestic. Specialists in policy, mediation and project administration will be recruited on an individual basis. International consultants will associate with domestic consultants and will have experience and expertise in forest policy; institutional reform and public administration; participatory planning/mediation; land-use planning; GIS; resource economist; livelihoods improvement/poverty reduction; indigenous peoples/gender; farming systems; landscape ecology and EIA; private sector/business development; forest planning; micro-planning; economic and financial analysis; credit; marketing; biodiversity conservation; and rural infrastructure.
Responsible ADB Officer Javed Hussain Mir
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture Division, SERD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development
Room 704, Building 2 No. 16 Thuy Khue
Street, Tay Ho Precinct, Ha Noi, Viet
Concept Clearance 09 Mar 2000
Fact Finding 18 Jun 2001 to 29 Jun 2001
Approval 19 Dec 2001
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 31 May 2007

TA 3818-VIE

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
19 Dec 2001 18 Mar 2003 18 Mar 2003 31 Jan 2003 31 Oct 2005 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
800,000.00 760,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,560,000.00 19 Dec 2001 1,410,791.36

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