Viet Nam Reflects on Phase I of its UN-REDD National Programme

17 December 2012: The UN Collaborative Programme on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (UN-REDD) national programme in Viet Nam has completed its first phase of implementation.

Viet Nam is one of the first countries to complete Phase I and the UN-REDD Programme reflects on its successes, highlighting: the adoption of a measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) Framework; the piloting of an free prior and informed consent process (FPIC); and the establishment of processes for the distribution of benefits from REDD+. UN-REDD underscores that these milestones were all achieved through multistakeholder engagement. It stresses that Phase I also resulted in the establishment of an institutional framework for REDD+, including a REDD+ national office, a REDD network and sub-technical working groups.

According to the UN-REDD Programme, the Viet Nam Administration of Forestry (VNForest), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) organized the UN-REDD Viet Nam Phase I Programme closing workshop in October 2012. The event highlighted challenges that will need to be addressed during Phase II, including: increasing public awareness of REDD+, espcially at the provincial and local levels; and enhancing engagement of sectors other than the forest sector, in particular the private sector. [UN-REDD Press Release]