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In April 2016, a specialist team of representatives from the Viet Nam REDD+ Office, the UN-REDD Programme Management Unit and consulting experts met to set a roadmap and work plan for the revision of Viet Nam’s National REDD+ Action Programme (NRAP). The meeting followed a formal request made in January by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development for NRAP to be revised in order to respond to changes to international and national contexts.

In 2012, when the Prime Minister of Viet Nam approved the NRAP, Viet Nam was one of the first countries in the world to adopt a formal REDD+ strategy.  The NRAP describes the present situation of forests, objectives in terms of reducing emissions and increasing removals of greenhouse gases related to forests, and solutions and arrangements to achieve the objectives.

The NRAP was to be implemented in two phases. The period 2011 – 2015 focused on awareness raising, capacity building, and pilot activities in a few provinces. The 2016 – 2020 phase was expected to extend capacity building efforts, complete technical and institutional arrangements for implementing REDD+, and accelerate demonstration activities at provincial and national scale.

In 2015, an independent review of NRAP implementation concluded that, considering various changes in the international and national context, the NRAP should be revised for the 2016-2020 period. Relevant changes include the adoption of the Warsaw Framework for REDD+ in December 2013, the development of international best practices, and the progress in terms of readiness at the national level.

The review provided eight major recommendations to ensure that the revised NRAP leads to effective implementation of REDD+ in Viet Nam, notably the importance of participation, of an inter-sectoral approach, the need to embed REDD+ in the national sustainable development vision and strategy, to provide clarity on design and implementation through robust policies and measures, and the associated monitoring and evaluation framework and institutional arrangements.

The revision of the NRAP will follow three major stages, as presented in the draft figure below. Endorsement of the revised NRAP is expected by the end of 2016.



For more information about the NRAP revision or if you want to provide information, analysis and participate in consultations, please contact Mr. Vu Thai Truong ().