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Determination of Forest Land Categories in the Kim Hy Nature Reserve of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam with the GIS Technologies Application

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V.F. Kovyazin, Quang Huy Do, Hoang Hieu Tran, Hong Hanh Do

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The Socialist Republic of Vietnam is located in subequatorial monsoon climate region, however, due to the large extent of the country from north to south its climatic conditions vary significantly. The region nature is rich and diverse. More than 80 % of the country’s territory is occupied by low and subdued mountains covered with tropical forests. Forest reserves are being created for studying these mountains. The largest in area is the Kim Hy Nature Reserve, where we have done our research for determining the forest land categories. A digital map of an object was developed in order to define the area of each forest land category. The results of photogrammetric plotting of satellite data were the initial information for map’s creation. A database of the reserve’s forest lands has been created. Reserve’s borders and territories occupied by natural and artificial forests, wastelands, agricultural lands, residential buildings, water bodies, etc. have been established. Everything has been done with the use of the modern GIS technologies. The total area of the reserve is 15416 ha, 90 % of which is forests. The forest fund of the reserve is dominated by forest stands of natural origin (90 %), artificial forests occupy only 4 %, wastelands cover 6 %, other lands – 10 % of the total area. It is defined that natural origin forests of the Kim Hy Nature Reserve are old-growth, therefore, they need conservation and rational management.


V.F. Kovyazin1, Doctor of Biological Sciences, Professor
Quang Huy Do2, Head of the Department of Forest Zoology
Hoang Hieu Tran3, Master Degree Student
Hong Hanh Do4, Postgraduate Student


1Saint-Petersburg Mining University, Vasil’yevskiy ostrov, 21 liniya, 2, Saint Petersburg, 199106, Russian Federation; e-mail:
2Vietnam National University of Forestry, Xuan Mai Town, Chuong My District, Ha Noi, Socialist Republic of Vietnam;
3University of Economics – The University of Danang, Ngu Hanh Son str., 71, Ngu Hanh Son District, Da Nang, Socialist Republic of Vietnam; e-mail:
4Saint-Petersburg State Forest Technical University named after S.M. Kirov, Institutskiy per., 5, Saint Petersburg, 194021, Russian Federation; e-mail:


forest lands, Kim Hy Nature Reserve, agricultural commune, digital map, GIS technologies

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Kovyazin V.F., Do Q.H., Tran H.H., Do H.H. Determination of Forest Land Categories in the Kim Hy Nature Reserve of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam with the GIS Technologies Application. Lesnoy Zhurnal [Forestry Journal], 2018, no.6, pp. 39–47. DOI: 10.17238/issn0536-1036.2018.6.39


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