Over the past four years, the USAID Green Annamites project invested US$23.9 million to support the provinces of ThuaThien-Hue and Quang Nam to protect the region’s globally significant biodiversity and help local and ethnic minority communities to diversify and improve their livelihoods.
The USAID trained 15,254 people on sustainable landscapes and 9,669 people on natural resource management and biodiversity conservation; supported the improved natural resource management of 512,000 hectares of biological significant land area; contributed to 13,387 people receiving livelihood co-benefits and 15,321 people receiving increased economic benefits from improved natural resource management and biodiversity conservation.
As much as US$59.4 million in external investment were mobilized for value chain development, women’s economic empowerment, medicinal plants and handicrafts production, and forest restoration activities.
It has been a great honor for USAID to collaborate with partners from Thua Thien-Hue and Quang Nam to advance their commitment to strengthen the livelihoods of mountainous communities, conservation enterprise development, biodiversity conservation, and forest restoration and management, said USAID/Viet Nam Mission Director Ann Marie Yastishock.
The success of the USAID Green Annamites project and the strong collaboration between the Quang Nam and Thua Thien-Hue People’s Committees to implement this effort have contributed to the enhanced development cooperation between Viet Nam and the U.S, she added.
USAID will continue to support biodiversity conservation in Quang Nam and Thua Thien-Hue provinces for the next five years through the recently awarded USAID Biodiversity Conservation and USAID Sustainable Forest Management projects.
These new projects will enable continuation of the beneficial approaches developed under USAID Green Annamites, transferring positive benefits to other provinces and communities in Viet Nam.
By Thuy Dung