An increasing number of businesses worldwide – also in Southeast-Asia – are committing to zero-deforestation policies, promising that their activities shall not lead to the destruction of natural forests. Among the Vietnamese population, there is also a growing interest in companies and products that contribute towards protecting forests and other natural habits.
The forum Meet to Meet the SDG “Whhy business should love the forest” has been organized by UNIDO, VCCI and Global Compact Network and the UN-REDD+ programme, with support from Norway, at Wednesday, 29th March 2017 in Hanoi and at Thursday, 30th March in Ho Chi Minh City.
The Norway Embassy attended a forum in Hanoi, “when it comes to forests, CSR is more than traditional tree planting campaigns. It means looking carefully at your different business activities and trying to change practices that possibly can harm the natural environment, said Norway Ambassador Siren Gjerme Eriksen.
In his opening remarks, VNFOREST Deputy Director General Nguyen Van Ha said, sustainable forest management is also an overall objective of the forest sector, in order to achieve this objective, the engagement and participation of the private sector is crucial to share responsibilities and collaborate for forest protection and livelihood development.
The UN-REDD+ Programme is the United Nations Collabora-tive Programme on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in de-veloping countries with tech-nical support from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Develop-ment Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Environ-ment Programme (UNEP). The UN-REDD+ Viet Nam Phase II Programme started officially in July 2013. The National Executing Agency is the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD). The National Implementing Partner is Vietnam Administra-tion of Forestry (VNFOREST). The Programme is implement-ed in 6 pilot provinces namely Lam Dong, Ca Mau, Binh Thu-an, Ha Tinh, Bac Kan and Lao Cai. The Programme’s Objec-tive is “To enhance Viet Nam’s ability to benefit from future results-based payments for REDD+ and undertake trans-formational changes in the forestry sector”