Since December 2015, VECO Vietnam has taken the role of national coordinator for the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and Rainforest Alliance’s “Mainstreaming Sustainable Management of Tea Production Landscapes” project in Vietnam. For over two years, VECO will provide training on sustainable land management practices and work with decision-makers to improve the adoption of these management approaches in tea landscapes.
VECO Vietnam has recently taken on the role of national coordinator of the “Mainstreaming Sustainable Management of Tea Production Landscapes” project in Vietnam. As the implementing partner, VECO is in charge of planning and implementing all project activities in the country. The project, mainly funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), aims to reduce land degradation associated with tea production in Asia which will be done by supporting farmers in adopting sustainable land management and integrated natural resource management practices.
Running until February 2018, the Vietnam chapter of the project will also work to catalyse the tea industry and government leaders to mainstream these practices in their business operations and policies. The project covers five major tea landscapes in Asia: Darjeeling (India), Assam (India), Sri Lanka, Yunnan (China) and Vietnam. Overall, it aims to reach 30,000 tea farms amounting to 60,000 hectares of land. In Vietnam, it is expected that about 7,000 farmers will be trained by 50 trainers.