To protect the national park, and to help creating a better living for the locals, WWF introduced several Better Management Practices (BMP) to the area to increase production efficiency of the existing plantations and to introduce sustainable agroforestry. BMP was introduced through the project “Diversifying landscapes and improving livelihoods in two communes in Cat Tien District, Lam Dong province, Vietnam”, which is funded by Danish International Development Agency (Danida) and Post Danmark (2008-2012), and the project “Strengthening Local Capacity on Biodiversity Conservation and Forest Management in the Southern Annamites Landscape, Vietnam”, which is funded by Jensen Foundation, Denmark (2012 – present). BMP has brought positive changes to not only reduce influences of agriculture to environment, but also increase crop efficiency to improve livelihood of locals, therefore, helps to decrease forest encroachment.
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Why was BMP introduce in Cat Tien National Park?
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What changes has BMP brought to the community?
(i) Reporting about "The current status of land use features and land use proposals for 2010-2015 in Tien Hoang and Phuoc Cat 2".
The proposal plans in this report had been applied in these two communes in the period of 2010 – 2015, including implementing land use proposals with the close collaboration of authorities and locals, applying Better Management Practices in production, providing accesses to funds for development, promoting payments for environmental services, and securing the boundaries of the national park.
(ii) Providing technical assistance and a portion of agricultural materials to build:
- 5 models of intensive farming to rehabilitate old cashew trees. Besides, WWF had also introduced new varieties of cashew trees that are more resistance to climate change
- 10 cocoa-cashew intercrossing models (including 3 water-saving models and 2 organic-cocoa models)
- 5 agroforestry models
- 2 plant nurseries for cashew tress and forest trees.
(iii) Training nearly 1,200 farmers about BMP, establishing a team of trainers (TOT) to impart knowledge and techniques related to BMP to the farmers in the 2 communes and establishing 18 clubs of farmers to help members sharing farming experiences.
In the period from 2012 to present, WWF has organized field trips for farmers from other communes within Lam Dong province to visit and observe from the successes of this pilot model; organized BMP training courses for officials of agricultural department of Lam Dong province and three districts Da Te'h, Da Huoai and Dam Rong. Besides, WWF has cooperated with Center for Agricultural Development in Lam Dong Province and Cat Tien district to run four BMP training courses about cashew and cocoa, respectively 325 farmers attended.
The projects has improved livelihood of farmers, raised public awareness about natural resources conservation, which resulted in the significant decrease of encroachment into the National Park. According to the statistics of the People's Committees of the two communes, since 2010, the number of forest encroachment had reduced and there had no cases recorded from 2012.
The success of this project is not only in the model. More than 90% of farmers have applied pruning techniques on their own garden. Particularly, in Phuoc Cat 2, the 14,000 new varieties of cashew trees that resistant to climate change has bought to replace the old ones.
The project has also contributed significantly in raising public awareness of people living near national park as well as changing old cultivation methods. Due to postive impacts of the project, local people bought and planted forest trees in an area of 80 hectares in two communes.