Viet Nam Announcements

Today key partners and stakeholders met in Hanoi to review an early beta version of the country’s Safeguard Information System (SIS).

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Viet Nam’s Sub-Technical Working Group on Safeguards met today in Hanoi to review progress on the development of two key products needed to meet international REDD+ safeguards requirements: the Safeguard Information System (SIS) and first Summary of Information (SOI).

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ASIA-PACIFIC SOUTH-SOUTH LEARNING EVENT ON COUNTRY APPROACHES TO REDD+ SAFEGUARDS AND SAFEGUARDS INFORMATION SYSTEMS 

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The Government of Viet Nam and UN-REDD Viet Nam Phase II Programme partner with the International Labour Organization and Thai Nguyen University of Agriculture and Forestry to convene a regional experience sharing workshop on the role of ethnic minorities as key contributors to managing natural resources and addressing climate change.

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With this new video, the UN-REDD Programme proudly advocates for and takes action to position ethnic minorities as a key factor to forest and climate solutions, partnering with the Government of Viet Nam and other countries from Southeast Asia in first-of-a-kind regional ethnic minority dialogue and coalition building. 
 
 
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Ha Noi, 7 August 2017 – A high-level forum on realising economic opportunities from sustainable management of natural forests was held by the Viet Nam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Central Economics Committee, and the United Nations with the support from the UN-REDD Programme and other partners including the Viet Nam Private Sector Forum. The Forum was attended by representatives from the Government ministries, business associations, enterprises, financial institutions, international organizations, and forest owners. High-level figures included Mr. Cao Duc Phat, member of the Party’s Central Committee and Standing Vice-Chairman of the Central Economics Committee, Mr. Kamal Malhotra, United Nations Resident Coordinator in Viet Nam, Ms. Siren Gjerme Eriksen, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway, and Mr. Erik Solheim, UN Environment Executive Director.

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Through a fruitful collaboration with Viet Nam’s National University of Forestry (VNUF), UN-REDD Viet Nam is a pioneer in taking action in line with UNEA’s resolution entitled “Investing in human capacity for sustainable development through environmental education and training”, adopted in 2016. 

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The situation of forests in Viet Nam is rather unique. The country significantly increased its overall forest cover from 27% in 1993 to 41% in 2016. The less bright side of things is that, in parallel, natural forests remained threatened, degraded and depleted – and with them, the living conditions for millions of Viet Namese people, as well as the wellbeing of plants, animals and humans alike. The country’s Government decided to take strong action to correct this, and has recently approved two significant Decisions aimed at increasing the size and quality of forests and combatting climate change. Viet Nam aims to expand forest cover to 42% of the country surface, to reach 14.4 million hectares by 2020. But there’s more than replanting trees involved.

 

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The official launch of Viet Nam's National REDD+ Action Plan on 04 May, 2017 marked the achievement by Viet Nam of a critical milestone on the path to sustainable forest management and full REDD+ implementation.

After one year of intense national consultations, on 5 April 2017 the Prime Minister approved the country’s National REDD+ Strategy, which in Viet Nam goes under the name of “National Action Programme on the Reduction of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions through the reduction of Deforestation and Forest Degradation, Sustainable Management of Forest Resources, and Conservation and Enhancement of Forest Carbon Stocks (REDD+)”.

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Forest governance processes in Lam Dong Province of Viet Nam have got new impetus since the introduction of the Participatory Governance Assessment (PGA), an innovative tool introduced by the UN-REDD Viet Nam Phase II Programme and enthusiastically adopted by the Provincial Authority. PGA opens a platform for local women, men, ethnic minorities and other stakeholders to significantly influence the processes that have an impact on their livelihood.

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An increasing number of businesses worldwide – also in Southeast-Asia – are committing to zero-deforestation policies, promising that their activities shall not lead to the destruction of natural forests. Among the Vietnamese population, there is also a growing interest in companies and products that contribute towards protecting forests and other natural habits.

The forum Meet to Meet the SDGs “Why business should love the forest” has been organized by UNIDO, VCCI and Global Compact Network and the UN-REDD Programme, with support from Norway, on Wednesday, 29th March 2017 in Hanoi and on Thursday, 30th March in Ho Chi Minh City.

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The use of spatial data has played an important role in the preparation of Provincial REDD+ Action Plans in Viet Nam: maps were developed for use in participatory workshops, and the results integrated into identifying priority areas for REDD+ implementation.

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To protect against potential risks and promote benefits from REDD+, seven safeguards must be supported throughout the implementation of REDD+ actions. These are known as the "Cancun safeguards", and were agreed at the 16th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate held in Cancun in 2010 (COP16).

Many UN-REDD partner countries are developing safeguards approaches and information systems with UN-REDD Programme support. To help share the latest information on country progress, this page includes links to workshop reports and materials (especially from 2015 onwards) as well as more formally published outputs. Spatial analysis products whose goals include safeguard support are found on the Multiple Benefits Country Resources Hub.

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A wealth of global knowledge products are also available on the Safeguards Technical Knowledge page.  

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UN-REDD's Asia/Pacific team looks at the importance of forest protection for traditional medicine in Viet Nam.

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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.

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The Viet Nam University of Forestry officially launched a pilot REDD+ elective course in its Master’s Programme on Forestry and Forest Management during an event organized on 21 October 2016. The launch of the pilot is a result of cooperation between the University and the UN-REDD Viet Nam Phase II Programme.

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The first pilot training using an adaptation of REDD+ Academy materials will take place from 21 – 25 October 2016 at the Viet Nam University of Forestry (VNUF), as an elective course in the school's Forestry Master’s Program. The training materials have been developed with the support from the UN-REDD Viet Nam Phase II Programme.

This first two days of training will be delivered at VNUF, and during the other three days students will have an opportunity to visit and learn about sub-national REDD+ planning and implementation in Lao Cai province.

This is the first adaptation of the national REDD+ Academy, aiming to address the needs for capacity development in a systemic way through stronger collaboration with universities to integrate climate change and REDD+ knowledge into their training programmes. It is expected that this initiative will contribute to the successful implementation of REDD+ in the country.

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Spatial data is a valuable tool in the development of REDD+ strategies, and has played an important role in the preparation of Provincial REDD+ Action Plans in Viet Nam. During 19-30 September, staff from five UN-REDD pilot provinces have joined working sessions on how to use spatial data, undertake GIS tasks and manage databases to support forestry and REDD+ planning in their provinces in the future. National partners have supported this process and helped to impart their knowledge and skills.

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