During Viet Nam's recent Participatory Governance (PGA) workshop, the UN-REDD+ Programme participated in discussions aimed at making forest governance concepts and terminology more understandable to forest-dependent communities.
The translation of governance terminology from English into Vietnamese
can be a challenge. The term governance itself is sometime translated to
"management". To address these and other challenges related to
Participatory Governance Assessments and REDD+, Viet Nam and the
UN-REDD+ Programme hosted a workshop on 6 March in Hanoi, which brought
together more than 80 participants representing both state and
non-state actors from across Viet Nam.Throughout the full day workshop that launched Viet Nam's PGA,
participants called for the PGA to focus on using language and
terminology that is understandable for forest-dependent communities.
The morning session offered a series of presentations, including
an overview of the principles of democratic governance, governance
issues relevant to REDD+ in Viet Nam, lessons
learned from the Provincial Administration Performance Index (PAPI)
assessment, as well as stake-away
results from the FAO supported Forest Governance Monitoring in Viet
Nam (FGM) workshop held in January 2012. After lunch, participants
were divided into four groups to brainstorm and agree on key governance
challenges for REDD+ in Viet Nam and on criteria for selecting a pilot
Some groups underlined the lack of
involvement of forest-dependent communities in decision-making processes
as a pressing challenge. Others argued that REDD+ is still a very
complex issue, and that few state and non-state stakeholders at the
local level currently had the capacity to comprehend REDD+ and its
implications, stating that, “forest cultivation is not equivalent to
Mr. Trieu Van Luc from the Forest Protection
Department (FPD) in Viet Nam chaired the workshop, and applauded
participants for agreeing on a work plan and next
steps for the PGA process. At the end of the day, participants had
produced a prioritized list of key governance challenges as well as
criteria for selection of a pilot province for implementing the
12-month pilot phase.
Context and next steps
Viet Nam follows in the footsteps of its fellow
UN-REDD+ Programme partner country and neighbor, Indonesia, which has
been implementing a PGA for REDD+ since 2011. While the pilot in
Indonesia focuses on different provinces, Viet Nam agreed at its
workshop on 6 March on criteria for selecting one pilot province. Based
on the experiences from this initial pilot phase, REDD+ stakeholders
will decide after the 12-month trial whether the PGA will be expanded
to include more provinces.
The process to identify and contract a
national NGO to co-implement the PGA will continue in April 2012. The
criteria for the pilot province and expertise on the identified
governance challenges will be used in selecting the relevant NGO.
Simultaneously, members of a broad-based multi-stakeholder advisory
group will be selected. The PGA will then look to hold initial
stakeholder consultations in the pilot province before the end of June.
The full workshop report can be accessed here.