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Individual Plant Allometric Equations for Estimating Aboveground Biomass and Its Components for a Common Bamboo Species (Bambusa procera A. Chev. and A. Camus) in Tropical Forests.
Forests 2019, 10(316): 1-17
Authors: Bao Huy, Giang Thi Thanh, Krishna P. Poudel and Hailemariam Temesgen

Abstract: Bamboo forests play an important role in achieving the objectives of the United Nations program on Reducing Emission from Deforestation and Forest Degradation. We developed and validated a modeling system that simultaneously estimate aboveground biomass and its components for a common bamboo species (Bambusa procera A. Chev. and A. Camus) in tropical forests. Eighty-three bamboo culms were destructively sampled from seventeen 100 m2 sample plots located in different parts of the Central Highlands in Viet Nam to obtain total plant aboveground biomass (AGB) and its components. We examined the performance of weighted nonlinear models fit by maximum likelihood and weighted nonlinear seemingly unrelated regression fit by generalized least squares for predicting bamboo biomass. The simultaneous estimation of AGB and its components produced higher reliability than the models of components and total developed separately. With a large number of bamboo species, it may not be feasible to develop species- specific biomass models, hence genus-specific allometric models may be considered.

Keywords: bamboo biomass; genus-specific model; seemingly unrelated regression; simultaneous biomass estimation

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Enhancing Local Adaptive Capacities of Selected Upland Farming Communities in Southeast Asia: Lessons and Experiences
Asian Journal of Agriculture and Development (AJAD), June 2019, Vol. 16 No. 1: pp. 117-131
Authors: L.D. Landicho, C. Wulandari, B. Huy, R.G. Visco, W.M. Carandang, and R.E.D. Cabahug

Abstract: This article highlights the experiences and lessons generated by the project collaborators in enhancing the adaptive capacities of selected upland farming communities in Southeast Asia. The project collaborators employed capability building programs, such as farmers’ and technicians’ training,
local climate change awareness programs, cross-farm visits, demonstration plots showcasing agroforestry technologies as climate change adaptation (CCA) strategies, and linking science with policies. The outcomes of the project indicate that this program was able to enhance the local adaptive capacities of the upland farming communities by building their key community assets, creating knowledge and information, initiating innovations, strengthening institutions, and initiating forward-looking decision making and governance. The lessons and experiences generated from these initiatives could serve as important reference for scaling up the project. The outputs and outcomes of the capacity development initiatives have generated lessons that could contribute to the body of knowledge in CCA, particularly on enhancing the adaptive capacities for CCA.
Keywords: agroforestry, policymaking processes, communicators, upland farming communities, scaling up
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Taxon- specific modeling systems for improving reliability of tree aboveground biomass and its components estimates in tropical dry dipterocarp forests

Forest Ecology and Management 437(2019): 156-174

Authors: Bao Huy, Nguyen Thi Tinh, Krishna P. Poudel, Bryce Michael Frank, Hailemariam Temesgen

Abstract:  The dry dipterocarp forest (DDF) is a major and unique forest type in Asia providing both protection and production functions. DDF’s role as a carbon sink is important in Asia, but there is a deficiency in existing biomass models for these forests. This study aimed to develop simultaneous modeling systems to estimate tree above-ground biomass (AGB) and its components for mixed species, dominant family, genera, and species. Twenty-eight 0.25 ha plots in the Central highlands and one 1 ha plot in the Southeast ecoregion in Viet Nam were measured. A total of 329 trees were destructively sampled to obtain a dataset of the dry biomass of the stem (Bst), branches (Bbr), leaves (Ble), bark (Bba), and AGB. Using K-fold cross validation, we compared AGB predictions from independently developed AGB equation and from a system of biomass equations that estimated component biomass and AGB simultaneously. The estimation methods for independent equation was weighted nonlinear regression fit by maximum likelihood and for simultaneous system it was weighted nonlinear seemingly unrelated regression (SUR) fit by generalized least squares. We also examined different modeling systems for different plant classification at taxonomic levels. The selected form of taxon-specific modeling systems were AGB = a1×Db11×Hb12×WDb13 + a2×Db21 + a3×Db31 + a4×Db41 for mixed species and dominant Dipterocarpaceae family and AGB = a1×Db11 + a2×Db21 + a3×Db31 + a4×Db41 for dominant genera of Dipterocarpus and Shorea. The predictors of D, H, and WD are diameter at breast height, tree height and wood density, respectively. Compared to the mixed species modeling system, genus-specific modeling systems improved the reliability of AGB estimation substantially and will reduce the cost of application because the only predictor required for measurement is D. The pantropical genus-specific modeling systems are more reliable than pantropical mixed species models.

Key words: Biomass, Carbon, Dipterocarpus genus, Genus-specific model, Seemingly unrelated regression (SUR), Shorea genus

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The impact of forestry policies on ethnic minorities in the Central Highlands of Viet Nam.
Journal of the International Academy for Case Studies, 2(26): 1-14.
Tran Quoc Hung, Dang Kim Vui, Do Hoang Chung, Bao Huy

Case description: In order to assess the impacts of forestry policies on ethnic minorities in the Central Highlands of Vietnam in the protection and development of forest resources from the renovation stage to the present (the year 1986 up to now), the research topic has been studied from reports and applied forestry policy documents as well as analysis scientific articles. The research also carried out surveys in 2 provinces of Gia Lai and Dak Lak with representative’s households.
The research results have showed that the government’s forest protection and development policies have impacted on the lives of ethnic minority communities in the Central Highlands of Vietnam in both positive and negative aspects. So far, the status of forests allocated to ethnic minority households and communities in the Central Highlands has been affected to varying degrees. The forest management of households and communities faces many challenges; Benefit from the forest protection and management has not yet contributed to household livelihood income, so it has not attracted people interested in forestry and forest management and protection. The rate of forest allocation to households and communities in the Central Highlands region of Vietnam is generally very low, only about 3.9% of the forest area and forestry land. Therefore, it is necessary to have specific solutions and policies to develop livelihoods for ethnic minorities in the Central Highlands in association with sustainable forest management.
Key words: Forestry Policy, Livelihood, Ethnic Minority, Central Highlands
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Analysis, evaluation and ways for rational land management of north Vietnam (Suoi sap catchment basin).
Ecosystems: Ecology and Dynamics, 3(3): 116 – 124. ISSN: 2542-2006
Demidov, V.V., Shchegolkova, N.M., Hai, V.D., Khoa, P.V., Huy, B.

Abstract: In this article we present the analysis of practical and economical use of the territory of Suoi Sap catchment basin, Son-La province, Vietnam. We used the data of a route survey, performed by the Vietnam National Forestry University, for the assessment. We analyzed the climatic conditions, soil and vegetation resources, and economical use of the territory. The research territory is located in the Northern, mountainous part of Vietnam. It was determined that the slopes of the length from 500 to 2000 m (87%) with steepness from 10 to 40 (90%) prevail in the catchment area. The amount of precipitation (rain) is more than 1750 mm, with most of them falling in summer-autumn (May- September). This leads to the spread of erosion processes, an increase of polluted and degraded lands. In this regard, the organization of rational and efficient use of land should include the creation of optimal conditions for the reproduction and protection of soil fertility, increasing its role in agricultural production. The scientifically based analysis of the impact of natural and other factors on the state of land resources of the catchment area allows us to recommend the use of the most rational and correct criteria and methods of land use in the area. In general, the solution of this problem for similar territories of Vietnam requires the definition of criteria for the ecological and economic efficiency of land use, the analysis of land use, the development of a scientific and methodological approach to the qualitative assessment of land use control in the context of the development of an agrarian economy. WOCAT system has been used in the development of effective watershed land-use technologies.

Keywords: Vietnam, rational lands management, catchment basin, WOCAT.
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Assessment of Enrichment Planting of Teak (Tectona grandis) in the Degraded Dry Deciduous Dipterocarp Forest in the Central Highlands, Viet Nam

Southern Forests: A Journal of Forest Science, 80(1):75-84

Bao Huya, *, Pham Cong Trib, Tran Trietc,d

a, * Corresponding author, Department of Forest Resources and Environment Management, Tay Nguyen University, 567 Le Duan, Buon Ma Thuot, Dak Lak, Viet Nam, email: baohuy.frem@gmail.com, tel:+84983084145, fax: +845003825553.

b Western Highlands Agriculture and Forestry Science Institute (WASI), 53 Nguyen Luong Bang, Buon Ma Thuot, Dak Lak, Viet Nam, email: pcotri@gmail.com, tel:+84905361262.

c University of Science, Vietnam National University Ho Chi Minh City, 227 Nguyen Van Cu, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, email: ttriet@gmail.com, Tel: +84838307077.

d International Crane Foundation, E-11376 Shady Lane Road, Baraboo, Wisconsin, USA 53913, email: triet@savingcranes.org, Tel: +16083569462 ext. 152.

Abstract: After years of unsustainable logging, the Dry Deciduous Dipterocarp Forest (DDDF) has become poor in timber stocks and it has been converted to industrial crops such as rubber (Hevea brasiliensis). The objectives of this study were to assess teak (Tectona grandis L.f.) tree establishment under degraded DDDF conditions and to determine factors that influence the suitability of teak as a forest enrichment tree species. A set of 64 experimental plots of 4,900 m2 each was set up and observed for 4 – 5 years for testing enrichment planting with teak under various combinations of two groups of factors: ecological conditions and forest status. Weighted, nonlinear, multivariate regression models were used to detect key factors that influenced the suitability of teak. The results showed that at the age of 4 years the average dominant tree height (defined as 20% of the tallest trees in the experimental plot) reached 11.2, 7.8, 5.3, and 3.8 m for very good, good, average, and poor suitability levels, respectively. Survival rates of planted teak from average to very good suitability levels were over 90%. Six key factors that affected the suitability of teak were waterlogging during the rainy season, altitude, stand volume of the degraded DDDF, soil type, percentage of sand, and concentration of P2O5 in the soil. Under extreme ecological and environmental conditions of the DDDF, enrichment planting with teak gave promising results.

Keywords: degraded dipterocarp status, dipterocarp enrichment, teak suitability assessment.

Citation: Bao Huy, Pham Cong Tri & Tran Triet (2018): Assessment of enrichment planting of teak (Tectona grandis) in degraded dry deciduous dipterocarp forest in the Central Highlands, Vietnam, Southern Forests: a Journal of Forest Science, 80(1): 75-84, DOI: 10.2989/20702620.2017.1286560

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Simultaneous estimation of above- and below-ground biomass in tropical forests of Viet Nam

Forest Ecology and Management 390 (2017) 147–156

Karin Kraliceka, Bao Huya,b, Krishna P. Poudela, Hailemariam Temesgena, Christian Salasc

a Department of Forest Engineering, Resources, and Management, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97333, USA

b Department of Forest Resources and Environment Management, Tay Nguyen University, 567 Le Duan, Buon Ma Thuot, Dak Lak 630000, Viet Nam.

c Laboratorio de Biometria, Departamento de Ciencias Forestales, Universidad de La Frontera, Temuco, Chile

Abstract: For carbon accounting or for developing REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation) programs, allometric equations for estimating both above-ground biomass (AGB) and below-ground biomass (BGB) are useful. We developed systems of weighted nonlinear allometric equations to estimate total, above- and below-ground biomass for Dipterocarp forests (DF) and Evergreen broadleaf forests (EBLF) in the Central Highlands of Viet Nam, as well as for a dominant plant family (Dipterocarpaceae; Dip) in the DF. A total of 175 trees were destructively sampled for both AGB and BGB, with whole root extraction as the method of BGB sampling. Different equation forms for AGB and BGB incorporating diameter at breast height (D), tree height (H), wood density (WD) and crown area (CA) were evaluated. The best system of equations for the DF, Dipterocarpaceae in the DF, and EBLF was selected based on validation statistics of percent bias (PBias), mean absolute percentage error (MAPE), and root mean squared percent error (RMSPE). All three systems of equations developed in this study used D2×H×WD as a predictor for AGB and a simpler BGB equation form with either D2×H or D as the sole predictor  variable. The addition of WD or CA to BGB equation forms did not substantially improve validation statistics over simpler forms. These allometric equations should contribute to advancing our understanding of carbon distribution of trees in these tropical ecosystems.

Keywords: Additivity principle,  Dipterocarp forest, Evergreen broadleaf forest, System of equations,Tropical forest

Citation: Kralicek, K., Huy, B., Poudel, K.P., Temesgen, H., Salas, C. 2017. Simultaneous estimation of above- and below-ground biomass in tropical forests of Viet Nam. Forest Ecology and Management 390 (2017) 147–156.

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Allometric Equations for Estimating Tree Aboveground Biomass in Evergreen Broadleaf Forests of Viet Nam

Forest Ecology and Management 382(2016): 193-205

Bao Huya, b, Karin Kralicekb, Krishna P. Poudelb, Vu Tan Phươngc, Phung Van Khoad, Nguyen Dinh Hunge, Hailemariam Temesgenb, *

a Department of Forest Resources and Environment Management, Tay Nguyen University, 567 Le Duan, Buon Ma Thuot, Dak Lak, Viet Nam; Email: baohuy.frem@gmail.com, bao.huy@oregonstate.edu.

b Department of Forest Engineering, Resources, and Management, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97333, USA.

c Vietnamese Academy of Forest Sciences, Đuc Thang, Bac Tu Liem, Ha Noi, Viet Nam.

d Viet Nam National University of Forestry, Xuan Mai, Chuong My, Ha Noi, Viet Nam.

e Forest Inventory and Planning Institute, Vinh Quynh, Thanh Tri, Ha Noi, Viet Nam.

* Corresponding author. Tel: +1 5417378549; Fax: +1 5417379126; E-mail: hailemariam.temesgen@oregonstate.edu wd-sample

ABSTRACT For mitigating climate change through carbon sequestration and for reporting, Viet Nam needs to develop biomass equations at a national scale. These equations need to be accurate and provide quantifiable uncertainty. Using data from 968 trees across five ecoregions of Viet Nam, we developed a set of models to estimate tree aboveground biomass (AGB) in evergreen broadleaf forests (EBLF) at the national level. Diameter at breast height (DBH), tree height (H), wood density (WD), and combination of these three tree characteristics were used as covariates of the biomass models. Effect of ecoregion, wood density, plant family on AGB were examined. Best models were selected based on AIC, Adjusted R2, and visual interpretation of model diagnostics. Cross-validation statistics of percent bias, root mean square percentage error (RMSPE), and mean absolute percent error (MAPE) were computed by randomly splitting data 200 times into model development (80%) and validation (20%) datasets and averaging over the 200 realizations. Effects models were used, the best results were obtained by using a combined variable (DBH2HWD (kg) = (DBH (cm)/100)2×H (m)×WD (g/cm3)×1000)  model AGB = a×(DBH2HWD)b. Including a categorical WD variable as a random effect reduced AIC, percent bias, RMSPE, MAPE of models AGB = a×DBHb and AGB = a×(DBH2H)b; ecoregion as a random effect reduced the AIC of models AGB = DBHb×WD, AGB = a×(DBH2H)b, and AGB = a×(DBH2HWD)b. For models that did not include WD variable, including plant family as a random effect reduced AIC, RMSE, and MAPE;  recommendations are provided for models with specific parameters for main families and without WD if this variable is not available. The overall best model for estimating AGB was the equation form AGB = a×(DBH2HWD)b with ecoregion as a random effect.

Keywords: Aboveground biomass, allometric equation, climate change, evergreen broadleaf forest, ecoregions of Viet Nam, plant family

Citation: Huy, B., Kralicek, K., Poudel, K.P., Phương, V.T., Khoa, P.V., Hung, N.D., Temesgen, H. 2016. Allometric Equations for Estimating Tree Aboveground Biomass in Evergreen Broadleaf Forests of Viet Nam. Forest Ecology and Management 382(2016): 193-205. The link to access the article: http://authors.elsevier.com/a/1Tu5O1L~Gw8-qj http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2016.10.021

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Allometric Equations for Estimating Tree Aboveground Biomass in Tropical Dipterocarp Forests of Viet Nam

Article of Forests 2016, 7, 180:1-19; doi: 10.3390/f7080180

Bao Huy 1,2, Krishna P. Poudel 2, Karin Kralicek 2, Nguyen Dinh Hung 3, Phung Van Khoa 4, Vu Tan Phương 5 and Hailemariam Temesgen 2,*

1Department of Forest Resources and Environment Management, Tay Nguyen University, 567 Le Duan, Buon Ma Thuot, Dak Lak 630000, Viet Nam; baohuy.frem@gmail.com

2   Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97333, USA; krishna.poudel@oregonstate.edu (K.P.P.); karin.kralicek@gmail.com (K.K.)

3   Forest Inventory and Planning Institute, Vinh Quynh, Thanh Tri, Ha Noi 100000, Viet Nam; dinhhung28@yahoo.com

4   Viet Nam National University of Forestry, Xuan Mai, Chuong My, Ha Noi 100000, Viet Nam; khoaduongfuvcsu@gmail.com

5   Vietnamese Academy of Forest Sciences, Đuc Thang, Bac Tu Liem, Ha Noi 100000, Viet Nam; phuong.vt@vafs.gov.vn

*   Correspondence: hailemariam.temesgen@oregonstate.edu; Tel: +1-5417378549; Fax: +1-5417379126

Academic Editors: Shibu Jose and Timothy A. Martin Received: 23 May 2016; Accepted: 16 August 2016; Published: 22 August 2016IMG_0926

Abstract: There are few allometric equations available for dipterocarp forests, despite the fact that this forest type covers extensive areas in tropical Southeast Asia. This study aims to develop a set of equations to estimate tree aboveground biomass (AGB) in dipterocarp forests in Viet Nam and to validate and compare their predictive performance with allometric equations used for dipterocarps in Indonesia and pantropical areas. Diameter at breast height (DBH), total tree height (H), and wood density (WD) were used as input variables of the nonlinear weighted least square models. Akaike information criterion (AIC) and residual plots were used to select the best models; while percent bias, root mean square percentage error, and mean absolute percent error were used to compare their performance to published models. For mixed-species, the best equation was . When applied to a random independent validation dataset, the predicted values from the generic equations and the dipterocarp equations in Indonesia overestimated the AGB for different sites, indicating the need for region-specific equations. At the genus level, the selected equations were  and  for two genera, Dipterocarpus and Shorea, respectively, in Viet Nam. Compared to the mixed-species equations, the genus-specific equations improved the accuracy of the AGB estimates. Additionally, the genus-specific equations showed no significant differences in predictive performance in different regions (e.g., Indonesia, Viet Nam) of Southeast Asia.

Keywords: aboveground biomass; allometric equation; dipterocarp forest; genus; Southeast Asia

Ciatation: Huy, B., Poudel, K.P., Kralicek, K., Hung, N.D., Khoa, P.V., Phương, V.T., and Temesgen, H. 2016. Allometric Equations for Estimating Tree Aboveground Biomass in Tropical Dipterocarp Forests of Viet Nam. Forests 2016, 7, 180:1-19; doi: 10.3390/f7080180

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Aboveground Biomass Equations for Evergreen Broadleaf Forests in South Central Coastal Ecoregion of Viet Nam: Selection of Eco-regional or Pantropical Models

Article of Forest Ecology and Management 376(2016) 276 – 283.

Bao Huya, b, Krishna P. Poudelc, Hailemariam Temesgend, *

a: Department of Forest Resources and Environment Management, Tay Nguyen University (TNU), 567 Le Duan, Buon Ma Thuot, Dak Lak, Viet Nam; Email: Baohuy.frem@gmail.com

b: Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management, 117 Peavy Hall, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97333, USA. Email: Bao.Huy@oregonstate.edu

c: Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management, Oregon State University (OSU), Corvallis, OR 97333, USA. Email: Krishna.Poudel@oregonstate.edu

d: Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management, 233 Peavy Hall, Oregon State University (OSU), Corvallis, OR 97333, USA. Email: Temesgen.Hailemariam@oregonstate.edu.

*: Corresponding author. Email: hailemariam.temesgen@oregonstate.edu. Phone: 541-737-8549; Fax:  541-737-9126 DSC_0244

Abstract: As part of Viet Nam’s effort to participate in REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation), selected biomass equations were evaluated for their predictive abilities using data collected from destructively sampled 110 trees from 41 species of the evergreen broadleaf forests of the South Central Coastal region of Viet Nam. Different power models that used diameter at breast height (DBH), tree height (H), wood density (WD), and crown area (CA) as covariates to predict aboveground biomass (AGB) were evaluated. Best models were selected based on the coefficient of determination (R2), the Akaike information criterion (AIC), and root mean square percent error (RMSE). AGB was strongly related to four covariates – DBH, H, WD, and CA. While seldom mentioned in the existing literature, CA improved the accuracy of the AGB estimation. Accuracy of the selected models was validated using the random validation dataset and the model with four explanatory variables (AGB = a×(DBH2HWD)b×CAc) had the lowest mean absolute percent error of 16.9 percent. Using local data, a simple power model based on DBH only (AGB =a×DBHb) produced higher accuracy than the generic pantropical models that used up to three variables.

Key words: Aboveground biomass, allometric equation, eco-region, evergreen broadleaf forest, pantropic equations, South Central Coastal Region of Viet Nam.

Citation: Huy, B., Poudel, K.P., Temesgen, H. 2016. Aboveground Biomass Equations for Evergreen Broadleaf Forests in South Central Coastal Ecoregion of Viet Nam: Selection of Eco-regional or Pantropical Models. Forest Ecology and Management 376(2016) 276 – 283.

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Building capabilities of local climate change communicators towards climate change adaptation in the upland communities in Southeast Asia.

Article of APN Science Bulletin Issue 6 (April 2016):41-46, APN E-Lib.

Carangdang, W.M., Landicho, L.D., Visco, R.G., Huy, B., Wulandar, C., Vilayphone.

Abstract: This article highlights the experiences of the Southeast Asian Network for Agroforestry Education (SEANAFE) and its collaborators in implementing capacity develP1130637oment activities for climate change adaptation of upland comminities in the four collaborating countries, namely Indonesia, Lao, Philippines and Viet Nam. This capacity-building project focuses on the training of local climate change communicators who would serve as the local trainers and disseminaators of climate change -related to issues and development among the local community members. it also aims to continuously build awareness among the local stakeholders about climate change issues, causes, impacts and adatation strategies. Among the outputs of this project are the information materials on climate change and a policy brief would be used as an instrument in lobbying local policy makers.

Key words: Local communicators, climate change, policy brief, Southeast Asia, upland communities.

Citation: Carangdang, W.M., Landicho, L.D., Visco, R.G., Huy, B., Wulandar, C., Vilayphone, A. 2016. Building capabilities of local climate change communicators towards climate change adaptation in the upland communities in Southeast Asia. APN Science Bulletin Issue 6 (April 2016):41-46, APN E-Lib, Available at: http://www.apn-gcr.org/resources/items/show/2037 accessed April 30, 2016, ISSN 2185-761X.

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Development of participatory forest carbon monitoring in Vietnam

Paper of the XIX World Forestry Congress on 7-11 September 2015 in Durban, South Africa.

Bao Huy. DSCN5406

Abstract: The implementation of forestland allocation, management and protection of existing forests, and development of new forestry programmes that incentivise people based on performance such as Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) and/or Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) from forest resources needs a monitoring system to collect, store and analyse forest attributes in general and biomass carbon in particular based on which performance can be evaluated. The system could benefit from direct participation of households and forest owners, local government agencies. Such a participatory approach in monitoring system ensures improved forest conditions and provide greater quality and quantity of information on forests and impacts of management interventions, thereby contributing to the national forest inventory (NFI). For this reason, approach of Participatory Forest Carbon Monitoring developed (PCM) presents simple methods for measuring forest biomass carbon stocks to be applied by local technical staff and local people so that they can measure and monitor forest carbon and ensure reliable information towards claims for REDD+ benefits. Households and communities who have been assigned to or are allocated with forest for management are included as key actors in participatory carbon monitoring. The basic parameters such as tree species, diameter at breast height (DBH), height (H) are measured within sample plots determined/established by NFI. The change in forest area is also monitored as frequently as annually or periodically. The approach of the PCM that was developed and tested in the areas of UN-REDD+ Program Vietnam, involved local households, forest owners, local staffs to ensure that local stakeholders take active participation in forest management and assist in gathering or providing qualitative and quantitative information on the forests allocated to them or managed under the contract with forest owner.

Keywords: Forest carbon, local people, forest monitoring, participatory, stakeholder, Viet Nam

Citation: Bao Huy 2015. Development of participatory forest carbon monitoring in Vietnam. Paper for the XIX World Forestry Congress on 7-11 September 2015 in Durban, South Africa. Available at http://foris.fao.org/wfc2015/api/file/5528bb539e00c2f116f8e095/contents/0b0ecc8f-4385-4491-a7e0-df8e367d2eaa.pdf

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Equity Case Study Brief: Establishing a Benefit Sharing Mechanism. Bu Nor B Village, Viet Nam.DSC_0046

Luong Quang Hung,

RECOFTC – The Center for People and Forests.

Abstract: This is a positive equity case in community-based forest governance, focusing on providing incentives for local community in forest management via benefit sharing mechanism.

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Allometric equations at national scale for estimating tree and forest biomass in Viet Nam

Paper of the XIV World Forestry Congress, Durban, South Africa, 7-11 September 2015
Bao Huy

Abstract: Natural forest types of Viet Nam thus no tools have been developed to estimate its carbon stock at national level. In the context of climate change mitigation through forestry sector and REDD+ mechanism, developing allometric equations with a dataset of tree biomass at national level could provide improved carbon stock estimates, with a known accuracy. This study developed a set of models to estimate above ground biomass (AGB) in evergreen broadleaf forests (EBLF). The dataset for EBLF included 860 trees located in five eco-regions of Viet Nam. DBH (diameter at breast height), H (tree height), WD (wood density) were used as input variables. The modelling was performed by applying non-linear mixed effect models and power models on residuals, with or without random effects of eco-regions or environment variable to models’ parameters. Indicators to select the best models were the Akaike information criterion (AIC), the sum of squared error (SSE), and R2 as well as visual interpretation of each model. An independent dataset with 1,303 trees was used for validation, with bias (percent error of total trees, S%),  efficiency factor (EF) and mean absolute percent error (MAPE%) were the main indicators for validation of selected. The results indicated that random effects of eco-regions improved estimates; the best model of AGB = a*[(DBH/100)^2*H*WD]^b had the highest accuracy with a S% bias under 3%, MAPE% < 18% and EF of more than 0.95. By using the best model of this study, MAPE% was reduced significantly by 14 percent compared to models from IPCC (2003) and Brown (1997) and 10-18 percent to Chave (2005, 2014).

Keywords: Allometric equation, evergreen broadleaved forest, tree biomass, Viet Nam

Citation: Huy, B. 2015. Allometric equations at national scale for estimating tree and forest biomass in Viet Nam. Paper of the XIV World Forestry Congress, Durban, South Africa, 7-11 September 2015. Available at http://foris.fao.org/wfc2015/api/file/5523d18a3dbdfa993c7b3812/contents/771db5ca-9e2c-487c-ad7d-29fefabeedb5.pdf

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Estimating CO2 sequestration in natural broad-leaved evergreen forests in Vietnam

APANews, 32(2008): 7-10

Bao Huy, Pham Tuan Anh

Objective: The research aimed to contribute to the development and application of estimating CO2sequestration in natural forests. Results will contribute to the development of mechanisms to determine economic values of forests, and payments for environmental services.

Keywords: CO2 sequestration, Natural forest

Citation: Huy, B., Anh, P.T., 2008. Estimating CO2 sequestration in natural broad-leaved evergreen forests in Vietnam. Asia-Pacific Agroforestry Newletter, APANews, FAO, SEANAFE, 32(2008): 7-10. ISSN: 0859-9742

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CO2 SEQUESTRATION ESTIMATION FOR THE LITSEA – CASSAVA  AGROFORESTRY MODEL IN THE CENTRAL HIGHLANDS OF VIETNAM

Paper of World Congress on Agroforestry 10-13 Feb. 2014, New Delhi, India. Tree for Life: Accelerating the Impact of Agroforestry

Bao Huy
Abstract: The Litsea – Cassava agroforestry model has been popularly practiced in the Central Highlands of Vietnam, producing a stable volume and contributing significantly to household income. This model overcomes the shortcomings of mono-cultivation of cassava on land under shifting cultivation; in addition, according to many cycles, the model helps store carbon; therefore, it is significant in reducing the greenhouse effect, which has become a global concern in recent years. In order to estimate the environment value of stored carbon of this model, the experimental method for involves: sample plot, destructive sampling, conducting chemical laboratory tests to determine the stored carbon in the components of the tree; and then using multi-variables to estimate the biomass and stored carbon in the agroforestry models. This procedure forms the basis of predicting the CO2 concentration in woody trees in the agroforestry model according to the age period, the cycle, and different combinations.  The cycle of Litsea business varied over the 5-10 year period, while absorbed CO2 in the agroforestry model varied from 25 to 84 tons per hectare. Within cycle of 2 and 3 of this model, maintaining 2-3 shoots/stump of Litsea will have the greatest effect not only on productivity, but also on absorbed CO2

Key words: Agroforestry, Cassava, CO2 sequestration, Litsea glutinosa.

Citation: Huy, B., 2014. CO2 sequestration estimation for the Litsea – Cassava Agroforestry Model in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. World Congress on Agroforestry, New Delhi, India, 10-13, 2014, Compendium of Abstracts, ISBN: 978-92-9059-372-0 Compendium of Abstract World Congress on Agroforestry Delhi 2014

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State of Agroforestry Research and Development in Viet Nam.

APANews, 38(2011): 7-10

Bao Huy, Vo Hung

Citation: Huy, B., Hung, V. 2011. State of Agroforestry Research and Development in Viet Nam. APANews, 38(2011): 7-10

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Increased income and absorbed carbon found in Litsea glutinosa – cassava agroforestry model.

APANews (Asia-Pacific Agroforestry Newsletter), FAO, SEANAFE, No. 35(2009):4-5, ISSN 0859-9742.

Bao Huy

Citation: Bao Huy (2009): Increased income and absorbed carbon found in Litsea glutinosa – cassava agroforestry model. APANews (Asia-Pacific Agroforestry Newsletter), FAO, SEANAFE, No. 35(2009):4-5, ISSN 0859-9742.

Article: Litsea income in Agroforestry


Forest Management and Benefit Sharing in Forest Land Allocation – Case study in the Central Highlands.

Proceedings of the forest land allocation forum. Ha Noi, 29 May 2008, Tropenbos International Vietnam. Thu Do Ltd. Comapany, pp 94-110

Bao Huy

Citation: Huy, B. (2008): Forest Management and Benefit Sharing in Forest Land Allocation – Case study in the Central Highlands. Proceedings of the forest land allocation forum. Ha Noi, 29 May 2008, Tropenbos International Vietnam. Thu Do Ltd. Comapany, pp 94-110

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Community Forest Management (CFM) in Viet Nam: Sustainable Forest Management and Benefit Sharing

Paper for the Conference

Author: Bao Huy

Citation: Huy, B. 2007. Community Forest Management (CFM) in Vietnam: Sustainable Forest Management and Benefit Sharing. Proceedings of the International Conference on Managing Forest for Poor Reduction: Capturing Opportunities in Harvesting and Wood Processing for the benefit of the Poor, from 03 – 06 October 2006 in HCMC Vietnam, FAO, RECOFTC, SNV. ISBN 978-974-7946-97-0 Table of Contents of the Proceedings: A Cut for The Poor Conference

Full Paper: CFM paper for Conference FAO


BOOK OF ABSTRACTS. 2nd INTERNATIONAL AGROFORESTRY CONGRESS “agroforestry for sustainable and resilient farming communities”

November 28-29, 2016, Tay Nguyen University, Buon Ma Thuot City, Vietnam

Message: Southeast Asian Network for Agroforestry Education (SEANAFE) was formed with the hope of enhancing links between and among agroforestry institutions to help advance the science and practice of agroforestry. The holding of agroforestry conferences is one of the opportunities where the member-institutions of SEANAFE, together with the other agroforestry stakeholders, exchange recent agroforestry information, establish and/or renew partnerships, and chart the directions of agroforestry at the local, regional and international levels. The 2nd International Agroforestry Congress, with the theme “Agroforestry for sustainable and resilient farming communities”, will provide a forum that highlights the role of agroforestry in climate change adaptation and enhancing sustainable land management – the two most important basic considerations in upland farming communities considering the recent and emerging concerns in climate change and food production. This event will also put emphasis on the emerging programs and policies that influence agroforestry development and promotion. SEANAFE takes pride in organizing the 2nd International Agroforestry Congress, together with the Tay Nguyen University in Vietnam as the host-institution, and the University of the Philippines Los Banos. This regional network also extends its gratitude to the different agroforestry stakeholders who will take part in this agroforestry milestone. Indeed, this Agroforestry Congress would not have been convened, had it not for your expressed interest and enthusiasm to participate in this event. By all means, SEANAFE will always take part in any initiative that will come out of this International Agroforestry Congress. It will continue to promote regional collaboration towards advancing the science and practice of agroforestry in Southeast Asian region. Congratulations to all of us for making it to the 2nd International Agroforestry Congress!!! SEANAFE Chair

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Growth and Productivity of Teak Plantation in Daclac, Vietnam

Proceedings of the first national seminar on Teak planting in Vietnam. Buon Me Thuot, Dec. 2-3, 1995. Vietnam Forest Science and Technology Association.

Bao Huy Key Word: growth, productivity, Teak planting,

Citation: Huy., B. 1995. Growth and Productivity of Teak Plantation in Daclac, Vietnam. Proceedings of the first national seminar on Teak planting in Vietnam. Buon Me Thuot, Dec. 2-3, 1995. Vietnam Forest Science and Technology Association, pp 71-78.

Full paper: Teak Growth in Vietnam