16 Sep '11, 8pm

The Vietnam War’s ongoing effect on forest conservation via @mongabay

The Vietnam War’s ongoing effect on forest conservation via @mongabay

The Vietnam War’s ongoing effect on conservation By Karimeh Moukaddem , mongabay.com September 16, 2011 In the Phong Dien Nature Reserve in central Vietnam, an unlikely resource is hindering formal conservation efforts. Deep in the forest, villagers scavenge for scrap metal left during the Vietnam War. Unprecedented research from the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and the Institute of Tropical Forest Conservation (ITFC) finds scrap metal gathering is a primary driver in forest degradation and trade in non-timber forest products in Vietnam. The Khe Tran village lies adjacent to the Phong Dien protected area, where logging and hunting have been prohibited since 1992. The extraction of non-timber forest products (NTFPs) is still permitted, and collectors earn roughly $62 a year scavenging metal, around one-twelfth the mean annual income of surveyed househo...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2011/0916-moukaddem_vietnam_war_...

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