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Deforestation in Vietnam

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Deforestation in Vietnam

According to a 2005 report conducted by the United Nations (FAO), Vietnam has the second highest rate of deforestation of primary forests in the world, second only to Nigeria.[1]

However, regarding total forest cover, Vietnam has undergone a forest transition: its forest cover has increased since the early 1990s, after decades of deforestation.[2]

As of 2005, 12,931,000 hectares (the equivalent of 39.7% of Vietnam's land cover) was forested, although only 85,000 hectares (0.7% of the land cover) was primary forest, the most biodiverse form of forest.[3]

Vietnam has some 1,534 known species of fauna and 10,500 species of vascular plants, according to the World Conservation Monitoring Centre. 3.4% of Vietnam is protected under IUCNcategories I-V.


  1. ^ Butler, Rhett A. "Nigeria has worst deforestation rate, FAO revises figures". November 17, 2005.
  2. ^ Patrick Meyfroidt, Eric F. Lambin (2008). "Forest transition in Vietnam and its environmental impacts." Global Change Biology 14 (6), pp. 1319–1336.
  3. ^ "Vietnam Deforestation Rates and Related Forestry Figures". Retrieved on May 31, 2009.
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