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With support from the UN-REDD Viet Nam Phase II Programme, the Viet Nam Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development organized a High-level Dialogue on REDD+ in Ha Noi, Viet Nam, on 18 November 2016. High-level officials discussed the country’s perspective and commitment. The event mixed representatives from several Government agencies, leading REDD+ countries and international partners to allow a broad-based dialogue.

The MARD Vice Minister highlighted three significant directions that Viet Nam is taking for sustainable protection and development of its forests. Firstly, the country would be fully committed to fight illegal timber logging and trade. Secondly, Viet Nam would also be piloting and replicating innovative approaches to reduce forest encroachment from the agriculture sector. Thirdly, the country would be committed to fully integrate REDD+ in its framework of financial solutions to sustainable forest management.

“Our ambition for better forests is higher than ever and Vietnam is committed to be an active and reliable partner to promote the international agenda for forests and REDD+ in the coming years,” said the MARD Vice Minister.

Deputy Director General of the Viet Nam Administrator of Forestry, Dr. Nguyen Van Ha, presented the strategic visions for forest protection, development and REDD+ in Viet Nam for 2016-2020:

  • Ensuring that high-quality forests are managed sustainably so as to enhance carbon removal through types of land use;
  • Contributing to the development of a green and low-carbon economy and Promoting the comprehensive and sustainable development of the socio-economy; and
  • Improving the living standard of the people.

He stated that the country would need to move from “more forest” to “better forest”. Two major challenges to deliver on Viet Nam’s national vision for forests and sustainable development would stand in the way: protecting forests and enhancing the quality of forest plantation.

While the 2010-2015 focus of Viet Nam’s forest protection and development policies was on achieving REDD+ readiness, the period 2016-2020 would aim for sustainable development of forestry and REDD+ implementation. Payment for environmental services would still part of the efforts.

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A round table discussion was then held with the following participants:

  • Mr. Nguyễn Khắc Hiếu – Deputy Director of Department of Meteorology, Hydrology and Climate Change
  • Mr. Võ Đình Tuyên – Deputy Director, Department of Sectoral Economy, The Office of the Government
  • Mr. Michael Greene – USAID Mission Director for Viet Nam
  • Mr. Eirik Brun Sorlie – Counsellor, Royal Norwegian Embassy to Viet Nam
  • Mr. Kosaburo Shimose – The Second Secretary, Embassy of Japan to Viet Nam
  • Ms. Madhu Raghunath, Program Leader of Sustainable Development, World Bank
  • Mr. Dawud Mume Ali – Director General, Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
  • Dr. Nguyen Van Ha – Deputy Director General of the Viet Nam Administrator of Forestry
  • Ms. Louise Chamberlain - Country Director of UNDP Viet Nam

Following discussions also included interventions from representatives of partner countries like Germany and Mexico.  Most of the round table participants emphasized the need for partnership in driving REDD+ forward in Viet Nam. A key observation was that while Viet Nam was to be congratulated in the development of a clear vision for its forests and REDD+, much more important was to ensure prompt and effective implementation of the revised “National REDD+ Action Programme”, which is currently being finalized. Since REDD+ necessitates active inter-sectoral coordination, one of the biggest challenges still facing Viet Nam is to ensure that all partners contribute effectively to the vision for REDD+. The participation of representatives from various Ministries, including from the Government’s Office, illustrates the progressive engagement and commitment in this direction.

See the lessons learned video “Viet Nam: From more forest to better forest"
To learn more about the UN-REDD Programme’s work in Viet Nam, visit the country page here. 
Or to know more about the REDD+ Programme Viet Nam, visit national REDD+ website here.

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