Vietnam’s readiness to realise REDD+ evaluated

Vietnam Net Bridge
10 October 2015

The Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) Office in Vietnam held a conference in Hanoi on October 7 to evaluate the nation’s readiness to implementing the initiative.

The event is part of activities to complete the readiness package (R-package) report, which enables Vietnam to join the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), before it is submitted to the FCPF in January 2016.

The FCPF is funding REDD+ readiness preparation support in Vietnam with 3.8 million USD from 2013-2015.

Participants at the conference agreed that thanks to the early formation of the National REDD+ Steering Committee and the active engagement of organisations in the project, almost all 10 criteria of the project have been fulfilled.

However, they also pointed to the need to improve accountability and transparency and build REDD+ supervision and evaluation mechanisms suitable to Vietnam’s laws and international practices.

To this end, it is necessary to encourage stronger engagement of the community, private sector and social organisations in the implementation of REDD+ projects, they said, adding that it is crucial to institutionalise the involvement of ethnic minority people, forest-dependent communities and women in the REDD+ implementation.

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