National Forest Status Summary
RFO-SEA aims at providing information, tables and figures on the forest status in each country covered by the Observatory based on the latest national official data or the best available dataset. This section informs on the forest definition, the various forest types, the historical forest cover change trend. It also provides information on the REDD+ programs implementation at national level.
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State of the Forest – National Summary
Kingdom of Cambodia

Capital: Phnom Penh

Area: 181,606.7 km²

Population: 15,760,000 (2016)

ASEAN Member since 1999

Annual population growth: 1.6%

Forest Definition
Forest is the unit of the natural ecosystem or plantation in the forms of wetland, low land and dry land which covers by natural stands or plantation trees with a height from 5 meters on an area of at least 0.5 ha with a canopy of more than 10 %
Only for REDD+, programme, the rubber, oil palm and perennial crops are excluded from this definition
Forest Area
Total Forest Cover (2014) 8,518,173 ha
46.9 %
Forest Cover Change Trend

Forest area
2010: 10,451,912 ha

- 483,435 ha/year

- 4.6 %/year
Change of forest cover from 2006 to 2014 excluding rubber and oil palm
plantation as in the definition for REDD+
Deciduous forest in Mondulkiri province
Source: FA, 2016
Classification System - Forest Types
While the current forest cover is still relatively high, Cambodia lost a considerable amount of forest over the last two decades, and the pace of land use and forest conversion has seen acceleration. Deforestation is caused by the rapid pace of development in the country, including large scale agro-industrial development, and a lack of effective implementation of existing laws and policies for forest land and forest resource management.
Cambodia’s forest area is governed by three institutions:
Forestry Administration (FA) of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries,
Fisheries Administration (FiA) of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF),
General Department of Administration for Nature Conservation and Protection (GDANCP) of the Ministry of Environment (MoE).
Recent jurisdictional changes in 2016 and 2017 have transferred all protected areas plus additional areas designated as Biodiversity Conservation Corridors from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) to the Ministry of Environment (MoE), while Economic Land Concessions previously under MoE have been transferred to MAFF. More than four million ha have been transferred between the two ministries. Registration and demarcation in the field have yet to be done.
IPCC Land Use Categories Land Use/Cover Categories
Forest Evergreen forest
Semi-evergreen forest
Deciduous forest
Pine trees
Pine plantation
Tree plantation
Mangrove forest
Rear mangrove
Flooded forest
Crop land Rubber plantation
Oil palm
Paddy field
Crop land
Grassland Grassland
Wood shrub
Wetlands Water
Settlements Built-up area
Other Rock
REDD+ Status
Cambodia developed a national road map for readiness for REDD+ in 2009-2010 and established its first REDD+ pilot project in 2008, submitted a Readiness Plan Proposal to the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility in 2009 and also became a partner country of the UN-REDD Programme in 2009 and signed a UN-REDD National Programme in 2011. Cambodia has now three pilot REDD+ projects (Oddar Meanchey, Seima and Kulen Promtep).
The Cambodia Forest Reference Level (FRL) has been completed and submitted to UNFCCC for technical review. The initial technical assessment by UNFCCC has been completed in March 2017.
The FRL will be reviewed and updated based on the technical comments and feedback from UNFCCC Technical Review Team and will be resubmitted to UNFCCC by September 2017.
UN-REDD Programme Partner Country: YES
Type of UN-REDD Programme Support Received : National Programme, Targeted support
Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF): YES
World Bank - Carbon Fund
State of the Forest – National Summary
Socialist Republic of Vietnam

Capital: Hanoi

Area: 331,230.8 km²

Population: 92,700,000 (2016)

ASEAN Member since 1995

Annual population growth: 1.1%

Forest Definition
A forest is an area of at least 0.5 ha,
with a canopy cover of 10% and with trees that reach more than 5 meters height
Forest Area
Total Forest Cover (2016): 13,631,934 ha
Total Forest:
14,377,682 ha
Source: NFI
Natural Forest
10,242,141 ha
Source: NFI
Plantation Forest (include young plantations that do not reach forest cover definition)
4,135,541 ha
Source: NFI
Forest Cover Change Trend
Forest area
2000: 11,939,000 ha
2010: 13,661,000 ha

+ 312,200 ha/year

+ 3%/year
Source: Acacia plantations surrounding tea and rice fields in Dak Lak province. Photo credit: Dung Pham/SRI
Source: VNForest, 2016
Classification System - Forest Types
The forest in Vietnam is managed by the Vietnamese Forestry Administration (VNFOREST), which is under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD).
The overall national forest cover increases due mostly by the development of commercial plantations (Acacia, Eucalyptus, Pine, Rubber). However deforestation still occurs at high rate like in Central Highland region.
Currently, the main direct causes of deforestation are generally agreed to be: (i) conversion to agriculture (particularly to industrial perennial crops); (ii) unsustainable logging (notably illegal logging); (iii) infrastructure development; and (iv) forest fires.
Forest types in Vietnam are categorized into three types: Special-use Forest, Protection Forest and Production Forest.
To monitor forest cover change, the Forest Inventory and Planning Institute (FIPI) produced the NFI maps (National Forest Inventory) for years 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005, 2010. To support the REDD+ national strategy these maps have been revised by JICA and UN-REDD.
The NFIS: National Forest Inventory and Statistics will be completed by 2017. NFIS is implemented by various institutions: FIPI (Forest Inventory and Planning Institute, VAFS (Vietnamese Academy of Forestry Science and VNFU (Vietnamese National Forestry University).
Forest type and other land cover
Evergreen broadleaf forest - rich
Evergreen broadleaf forest - medium
Evergreen broadleaf forest - poor
Regrowth forest
Deciduous forest
Mixed wood and bamboo forest
Coniferous forest
Mixed broadleaf and coniferous forest
Mangrove forest
Forest on rocky mountain
Plantation forest
Rocky mountain without forest
Barren land planned for forestry
Residential area
Other land
REDD+ Status
Viet Nam indicated its interest in REDD to the UNFCCC Secretariat in February 2008. Viet Nam is one of nine countries initially identified for country programming under UN-REDD Programme which started in 2009. It was also one of the first countries to receive approval for a Readiness Project Identification Note (R-PIN) under the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF).
The National REDD+ office was established in 2011 to coordinate and manage the process of developing tools to implement Viet Nam’s National REDD+ Program.
UN-REDD is in its phase II. The NRAP (National REDD+ Action Plan) was adopted by the government in April 2017.
In regards with FCPF, the ER-PD (Emission Reductions Program Document) was submitted in November 2016 and includes 6 provinces (Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Thua Thien Hue).
UN-REDD Programme Partner Country: YES
Type of UN-REDD Programme Support Received : National Programme, Targeted support, Tier 2.
Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF): YES
World Bank - Carbon Fund
National average carbon stocks AGB + BGB (tC/ha) per forest type - Cycle IV 2005-2010
Code Forest Type Carbon Stock Uncertainty (at CI 95%)
1 Evergreen broadleaf rich 140 3
8 Coniferous 95 11
2 Evergreen broadleaf medium 75 1
9 Mixed broadleaf-coniferous 67 45
10 Mangrove 58 -
7 Mixed wood and bamboo 42 7
3 Evergreen broadleaf poor 32 3
5 Deciduous Forest 31 8
4 Evergreen broadleaf regrowth 26 6
11 Limestone forest 19 83
12 Plantation 16 13
6 Bamboo 15 11
National Forest Inventory (NFI) - Four Cycle Maps
Forest and Other Land Cover Area (1,000 ha) 1995 2000 2005 2010
Broadleaved Rich forest 856 804 693 681
Broadleaved medium forest 2004 1889 1783 1674
Broadleaved poor forest 1918 1785 1621 1581
Broadleaved regrowth forest 2399 2699 3283 3654
Deciduous forest 751 722 665 646
Bamboo forest 526 547 490 441
Mixed woody and bamboo forest 734 751 751 748
Coniferous forest 172 177 164 162
Mixed woody and coniferous forest 64 56 54 53
Mangrove forest 199 178 134 142
Rocky mountain forest 740 749 759 757
Woody plantation 994 1582 2343 3122
Non-forest rock 232 224 207 205
Bushes and grass land 7748 7039 6042 4688
Water body 824 846 851 870
Residential area 1498 1569 1669 1798
Agriculture land, other land 11356 11399 11507 11796
Total 33015 33016 33016 33018
Forest 11357 11939 12740 13661
Natural Forest 10363 10357 10397 10539
Forest Plantations 994 1582 2343 3122
Bare Land 7980 7263 6249 4893
Agriculture and other land 13678 13814 14027 14464
Total 33015 33016 33016 33018
Allometric Equation
Activities were implemented as a series of work undertaken through the UN-REDD Programme for Vietnam with technical assistance from FAO, towards the improvement of country-specific emission factors for Viet Nam.
These activities were conducted by five national institutes and organization, namely, Forest Inventory and Planning Institute (FIPI), North-west Sub-FIPI, Center for Forest Inventory and Consultancy (CFIC), Viet Nam Forestry University (VFU), Tay Nguyen University (TNU), and the Research Center for Forest Ecology and Environment (RCFEE, under VAFS) as coordinator.
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