Location: Dong Nai Thuong and Tien Hoang communes in Cat Tien district; Loc Bac and Loc Bao communes in Bao Lam district, Lam Dong Province
Start date: January 2010
Duration: 36 months
Funding: Darwin Initiative (UK Ministry of the Environment)
Executive Agency: Department of Agriculture and Rural Development of Lam Dong Province, Vietnam
Implementing Agency: SNV Viet Nam
Objective: To support local institutions to establish a properly functioning and equitable forest carbon monitoring facility that is able to compensate local villagers to an extent that will reduce degradation and deforestation in the landscape surrounding the Cat Loc section of Cat Tien National Park
Cat Tien National Park is a critically important biodiversity hotspot in mainland Southeast Asia and is home to 82 species listed as threatened in the Viet Nam Red Book. However, this habitat is threatened by forest encroachment. Authorities and NGOs are both aware that the only way this situation can be reversed is by providing a stronger economic incentive for protection over conversion. SNV’s pro-poor REDD+ project in the Cat tien landscape – CTNP will tie project financing to international carbon markets, allowing sustainable financing beyond the time frame of the donor intervention. REDD+ will provide an opportunity to build government capacity on forest mapping and forest carbon assessment, while providing investment into communities to improve livelihoods of poor farmers. This project will introduce and apply best practices in participatory rural appraisal, pro-poor policy development and alternative livelihood schemes development. In essence, it will develop the local foundations to ensure equitable distribution of future financing that will genuinely benefit the rural poor. Plus, this work will help inform the government's process of establishing a nationwide REDD+ scheme that helps the poorest.
In addition, the project has the following components:
- Carbon assessment
- Socio-economic and biodiversity baselines
- Assessment of drivers of deforestation
- Community engagement
- Participatory land use planning
- Forest patrol groups
- Benefit distribution
- Transfer of control
- Evaluation and information dissemination
Output 1: Established pilot payment mechanism under REDD+ will provide financial resources that contributes to combat the major threats to the buffer zone of the National Park and therefore ensure that the biodiversity within the Park is protected.
Output 2: Enhanced awareness and capacity of local agencies/departments on REDD+ related technical issues that will help this rapidly growing initiative be implemented more successfully in the future in Vietnam.
Output 3: Encroachment of agriculture into the habitat of the critically endangered Javan Rhinoceroses and of other species will be reduced.
Output 4: Rural livelihoods in the four target communes and will be improved and made more resilient through diversification.
2. Mr. Richard McNally,
Program Leader ‐ Climate Change
c/o SNV Viet Nam Office
6th fl., building B, La Thanh hotel
218 Doi Can street, Ba Dinh district, Hanoi, Viet Nam.
Tel.: (+84) 4 38463791; Fax: (+84) 4 38463794