REDD+ Strategy and REDD+ Readiness

Climate change has received an increasing political interest and support in Viet Nam. This includes a five-year action plan and a MARD steering group on climate change and mitigation which will lead the development of a REDD+ strategy, the starting points of which have already been agreed. Viet Nam has also made clear its position on REDD+ through a submission to the UNFCCC Secretariat in February 2008.

Key institutions related to forestry and REDD+ include: 
  • The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD)
  • The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE)
  • The Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI)
  • The Ministry of Finance (MoF)
  • The State Committee for Ethnic Minority and Mountainous Area Affairs (CEMMA)

In response to the current situation and need for coordination, MARD has established a National REDD+ Network and a REDD+ Working Group which are divided into REDD+ Sub-technical Working Groups on (i) REDD+ Governance; (ii) Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV); (iii) REDD+ Financing and Benefit Distribution; (iv) Local Implementation of REDD+; (v) Private Sector Engagement; and (vi) Safeguards

Ethnic minorities in Viet Nam are important stakeholders in REDD+ to the extent that they depend on natural forests for their livelihoods and their tenure rights to forests and forestland, and they may make contributions to a more sustainable forest management and effective monitoring.

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