Hanoi, 30/06/2016 – Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) organized a national workshop on REDD+ readiness assessment in Vietnam.
The workshop was chaired by MARD Deputy Minister Ha Cong Tuan with the participation of members of National REDD+ Steering Committee, representatives of Government Office, Ministry of Planning and Investment, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Sciences and Technology, MARD, the World Bank, Embassy of Norway, international and national non-governmental organizations and 16 REDD+ provinces REDD+.
MARD Deputy Minister Ha Cong Tuan chaired the National Workshop
Report on REDD+ Readiness Assessment in Vietnam is the outcome of a self-assessment process following Guidelines on Readiness Assessment Framework of Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) issued in June 2013. The self-assessment process commenced since August 2015 to July 2016 through series of consultations at grassroots level to provincial, regional and national level. Therefore, this report is a product of an active participation of state agencies at national and local levels, programs and projects on REDD+, social and political organizations, non-governmental organizations, donors, international institutions, local communities, especially ethnic minorities living inside and near the forests, and other stakeholders. At the meeting, most of the comments appraised the efforts made by the consultants to develop the report and contributed to improve the report and to consolidate the readiness phase.
Participants at the National Workshop on R-Package
Ms. Nguyen Thi Thu Lan – World Bank representative highly appreciated the efforts in preparing the report. According to her, there are three points to take into consideration: resources to improve the level of readiness of the criteria that Vietnam has not yet satisfied as well as the resources to maintain the level of readiness for the criteria which have made significant progress, multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary coordination in performing the proposed improvements, and the specification of improvements to answer the question of how to do.In his conclusion, Deputy Minister Ha Cong Tuan thanked the support and cooperation of the Governments of Norway, Germany, Japan; the World Bank and the crucial coordinating role of the United Nations and other stakeholders. Deputy Minister affirmed that REDD+ is a new concept and experimental nature, so determination and persistence are needed but not be hasty. The Government will support the program to review, assess and replicate good models to make REDD+ fully to be implemented after 2020. Mr. Tuan also requested Vietnam REDD+ Office to advise VNFOREST and the relevant agencies to propose an effective work plan to complete the REDD+ readiness preparation in Vietnam, taking into account of the consultants’ proposed ỉmprovements; to complete and issue Provincial REDD+ Action Plans; revise and complete the Reference Emission Level (REL), Forest Monitoring System and Safeguards Information System. Moreover, two issues that need to be considered in REDD+ are FLEGT as prescribed in the Regulation (EU) No 995/2010 of the European Parliament and of the Council, and safeguards for not only Vietnam but also countries in the region. After the workshop, all the comments and opinions will be collected and worked accordingly to complete the R-Package. Tentatively Vietnam will submit R-Package report to FCPF in July 2016 and present it at COP22 in September 2016.