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location of Thua Thien Hue ProvinceField study in Thua Thien Hue Province



The field study was conducted in Thua Thien Hue Province in Central Vietnam. Following a regional profile, a number of site-specific cases are used to identify connections between protected areas and the economy, address related protected area management issues, and demonstrate methods of economic appraisal in conditions of limited time, data and research resources. The cases cover the following:

  • the potential contribution of the proposed Tam Giang and Cau Hai Lagoon protected area to fishery production. The PA would protect the nursery function of mangroves, seagrass beds and other nursery habitat for shrimp and fish species;
  • the Ha Truoi reservoir’s contribution to irrigation production, by protecting the watershed function of the intact primary forest in the core protected zone of the Bach Ma NP, and the potential contribution of improved management of the ecological rehabilitation zone within the park;
  • the flood protection provided by Special Use Forests and Protection Forests to the major rivers of the province (the O Lau, Bo and Huong), which may ameliorate normal flooding regimes and may have important implications for infrastructure and production in the low-lying areas of the province;
  • the sustained contribution to local livelihoods by wildlife and other non-timber forest products (NTFPs) under a managed system of use and zoning in the Phong Dien Nature Reserve;
  • the contribution to tourism and local livelihoods that Bach Ma NP will make as tourism services are expanded and the park’s tourism assets are further enhanced; and
  • the support to water supply treatment plants offered by the Watershed Protection Forest in the Huong River catchment (Huu Trach and Ta Trach Rivers).


Vietnam field study [PDF 1322 KB]
Vietnam field study (with maps and photos removed) [PDF 161 KB]
Introduction to the field studies [PDF 63 KB]

Maps of Thua Thien Hue Province [ All gifs less than 25 KB]

District boundaries
Population density
Land use
Protected areas
Drainage - Digital Elevation Model
Bach Ma National Park
Nursery sites in Tam Giang and Cau Hai lagoons

The field study team

The Vietnam field study was carried out by Nguyen The Chinh (National Economics University), Tran Quoc Bao (Forest Protection Department, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests), Nguyen Thi Yen (PAD review national coordinator), Mai Ky Vinh (WWF), and Bruce Alyward (PAD review team). Detailed data for the case studies was provided by the District FPD and Bach Ma National Park office, the Department of Fishery Office, Hue Water Supply and Drainage Company and the provincial office for the Steering Committee of Flood and Storm Resistance. For the Phong Dien Nature Reserve case study a partnership with Birdlife International, WWF’s Indochina Program and the PAD Review team involved the production of a more comprehensive report by FIPI and FPD staff led by Le Trong Trai.