Institutional Arrangement for REDD+ in Viet Nam

In Vietnam, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) takes the lead in overall management of climate change programs. It is also the focal agency of the UNFCCC and CBD. Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) is responsible for government administration in agriculture, forestry, fishery, irrigation, salt production and rural development. The Vietnam Administration of Forestry (VNFOREST) is one of key agencies of the MARD and is in charge of the overall development of the Forestry Sector. The VNFOREST consists of Forest Protection Department (FPD), Forest Inventory and Planning Institute (FIPI), 8 functional Departments and six inter-provincial National Parks.

In January 2011, the Vietnam REDD+ Steering Committee is established under authorization of the Prime Minister chaired by Minister of MARD to coordinate all efforts and activities among government agencies at central and local levels, private organizations, NGOs, CSOs and international development partners in the REDD+ implementation. The newly formed REDD+ Steering Committee includes representatives from:
  • The Office of the Government
  • Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE)
  • Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI)
  • Ministry of Finance (MOF)
  • Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST)
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA)
  • National Ethnic Committee (CEMA)

The National REDD Network
The National REDD Network has the overall coordination function and is to support the development of REDD+ readiness in the context of efforts by the Government of Vietnam to address Climate Change mitigation and adaptation, as reflected in the National Target Programme on Climate Change Response for the period 2009-2015 (NTP-CCR). Decisions made by the National REDD Network will be presented to the National REDD+ Steering Committee.

Technical Working Group and Sub-Technical Working Group
The Technical Working Group (TWG) and Sub-Technical Working Group (STWG) on REDD+ assists operations of the National REDD Network on technical and administrative aspects. This TWG is currently chaired by a VNFOREST Leader with the REDD National Focal Point as the Deputy Head of the TWG.

There are six STWGs operating as of Apr 2012: (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.

Figure: Institutional arrangement for the REDD+ implementation in Vietnam

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