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Dak Nong, Vietnam is an extremely comfortable five hours journey north of Ho Chi Minh City.  The proximity to Cambodia and the diversity of this five year old central highlands province has left it rather sensitive about international personnel who make requests to work.  This might make one wonder why anyone would work in this region at all.   Well, a recent study showed that Dak Nong has some of the highest forest coverage of any province and that over a 7 year period the forest has been diminished or degraded fastest: a good reason for forestry projects to locate here.  It is important to note that some the sensitivity of the region is related to the ethnic minorities that live here and that they’re arguably more in need of outside assistance than any other group.

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Although I am here with CartONG I am working under the auspices of GTZ.  GTZ is a German technical assistance group that has a number of projects scattered throughout the country.  They’re working on all manner of economic and ecological development projects but from my perspective, the most relevant project is a Community Forest Management project which aims to maximize the opportunity for wealth creation from timber while maintaining the overall structure of the forest for ecological purposes.  CFM works by allowing timber cutting to take place but in according to a sustainable plan.  This requires a lot of collaboration with villagers on the ground and relies rather heavily on the participation of local government.  Additionally, CFP gets people in and around the forest which fosters good conditions for ecological protection.  We hope that we can build a CFM plan into the carbon content model that will estimate stable and dynamic changes in the forest’s carbon capture capabilities.

We have just confirmed that next week we’ll head out into one of the study sites and, with the help of local people and hordes of forestry students, make a forest inventory that can be used in the carbon capture models.  This will be an exciting opportunity to get into the field, get out the GPS and make some maps.

Written by calumdavey

October 15, 2009 at 1:38 am

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  1. Hello Calum
    good to read you and a nice way of reporting of your activities.!
    you are a lucky one , doing mapping and being with the beneficiaries! It is not often the case as mapping/GIS in the humanitarian world (maybe that is the difference with development :?? .) is mainly between the humanitarian agencies as a tool for coordination. And beneficiaries are far to be involved (except when surveys are done with them) most of the time the communities are data providers but not so much involved…
    All the best
    Y

    y_rebois

    October 15, 2009 at 6:15 pm

  2. Good luck for this mission, have a nice GIS !

    patrice

    November 23, 2009 at 8:25 pm


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