FFI: Fauna & Flora International’s Asia-Pacific Community Carbon Pools and REDD+ Programme
Location: Hieu Commune, KonPlong District, Kon Tum Province (over all regional and KonPlong)
Duration: Project start date February, 2012
Funding: Part of regional community carbon pools and REDD+ initiative, chiefly funded by the European Union
Project owner: Kontum People’s Committee
Co-Implementation Agencies: Fauna & Flora International with the Vietnam project pilot site managed by FFI in conjunction with the provincial Department for Agriculture and Rural Development. Nationally VNFOREST are kept informed of project progress.
Objective: Overallregional objective to contribute to reducing deforestation and forest degradation through improved forest governance and the development of finance/incentive mechanisms that provide benefits to forest-dependent local and indigenous people
In four South-east Asian countries, FFI’s Community Carbon Pools and REDD+ Programme works to strengthen laws and policies to facilitate the adoption of REDD+ through pilot projects. Partnering with the Non-Timber Forest Products Exchange Programme (NTFP-EP) and People and Nature Reconciliation (PanNature), the three-year Programme is chiefly European Union-funded, with support from the Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research and other donors. The programme is active in Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam.
The Programme is building Community Carbon Pools (CCP) – groups of neighbouring community forest (CF) areas undertaking REDD+ in a common management and benefit-sharing system. The Programme seeks to create synergies and share knowledge between the pilot countries.
Emerging from a project entitled ’Developing community carbon pools for Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, plus enhancing forest carbon stocks (REDD+) projects in selected ASEAN countries’ the carbon pools project was a first of its kind, international (4 country) exploration into the role that environmental markets can play in underpinning sustainable, commune-based forest management.
The Vietnam site (Hieu Commune, Kon Plong District, Kon Tum) has now become a stand-alone project, due it a range of technical, institutional and practical (‘one the ground’) successes. The Hieu Commune REDD+ Project, as it is now known, is working to protect habitat of the Grey-shanked douc langur, one of the 25 most endangered primates globally, and is also inhabited by some of the most remote and marginalised ethnic minorities in the country. It is Vietnam’s most advanced REDD+ project, and ready for validation as soon as new funding is secured. The level of poverty in the area is acute and REDD+ payments are expected to successfully incentivise long-term forest protection and contribute to the improved well-being of eleven communities. Meanwhile, future REDD+
Under each of the programme’s four main aims, planned outputs regionally are:
1. Develop national REDD+ policies that strengthen community participation and the role of local governments in forest management.
- Legal and policy review of national policies related to community forestry REDD+
- Recommendations for national REDD+ policies that take into account the role of decentralised governments and their agencies, community rights, equitable benefit-sharing mechanisms and biodiversity co-benefits
- Increased capacity of Civil Society Organisations, forest-dependent local and indigenous people and local government to participate in REDD+ policy development
- Regional knowledge exchange on community forestry and REDD+
2. Develop sub-national REDD+ procedures and regulations in four pilot sites with active civil society participation.
- Increased knowledge and preparedness for REDD+ at sub-national level
- Sub-national REDD+ working groups established
- Recommendations for sub-national REDD+ regulations and procedures
3. Establish CCPs, with benefit-sharing mechanisms, based on community forest tenure in four pilot sites.
- Community carbon pools established in four pilot sites with REDD+ models adapted for different tenure and policy conditions
- Sub-national carbon reference baseline for pilot sites
- REDD+ project design documents (PDDs) for pilot projects
4. Ensure that High Conservation Value Forests (HCVF) are protected in pilot project landscapes.
- HCVF protected through spatial planning interventions at landscape level (provincial district spatial plan designates HCVF as permanent forest estate)
- Collaborative biodiversity monitoring and protection system established for REDD+ pilot sites based on HCVF toolkit
For more information about project activities and results within Vietnam, please contact the project focal points Liem and Rob.