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What is REDD? [ 22/08/2015 ]
There is growing recognition in the international community that if forests are to be incorporated into a global climate change solution, developing countries must be rewarded for reducing deforestation (when forests are cleared for other land uses) and forest degradation (when forest resources are damaged). After all, forested land can be valuable – for timber, and for its potential to be converted into commercial plantations or to agriculture to feed a growing population. Financial rewards are necessary to ensure forested land is most valuable as a forest.

The UNFCCC conference in Bali recognized Viet Nam as one of the most-affected countries in the world as a result of climate change. Prior to this, reports by the World Bank brought to the attention of the authorities the potential devastation that could be caused by sea-level rise. Since the 2007 Climate Change Conference in Bali that recognized forest's contribution to climate change mitigation and formally agreed to incorporate the REDD initiative into the post-2012 negotiations, the Government of Viet Nam has been moving rapidly to formulate and implement the REDD Program Framework for the country.

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