Sitting within the Indo-Burma hotspot, Vietnam is a long, narrow country of mountains and tropical forests. It runs the length of the eastern Indochina peninsula and spans a wide range of latitudes, giving rise to an exceptional diversity of habitats and species, with high levels of endemism.
One of the most biologically diverse countries on Earth, Vietnam is of international conservation importance, harbouring around 10 per cent of the world’s species. It is also one of the fastest growing economies in the world, which is putting immense pressure on its exceptional biodiversity.
World Land Trust (WLT) is helping conserve Vietnam’s tropical forests in partnership with Viet Nature Conservation Centre (Viet Nature).
Projects in Vietnam
One of the centres of endemism within the Indo-Burma hotspot, the lowland evergreen forests of the Annamese Mountains are part of a recognised Endemic Bird Area (EBA). As well as being home to a number of restricted range and unique species, the region has seen a number of recent scientific discoveries.
Although these forests are some of the most species-rich habitats in tropical Asia, they are also some of the most heavily exploited, with vast tracts of forest cleared for agricultural development.