Viet Nam secures a further US$30 million to combat climate change

29 Jul 2013

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Ha Noi - Once again at the forefront of global efforts to fight climate change, Viet Nam becomes the first of 47 UN-REDD partner countries to move into the second phase with an additional US$30-million investment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through improved forest and land-use management. Today’s official signing by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the UN marks the start of Phase II of the UN-REDD Programme, which significantly expands national efforts to reduce deforestation, enhance forest quality, and increase overall forest cover in Viet Nam.

Reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase forest cover
Financed by the Government of Norway, the National UN-REDD Programme to Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) will be a major pillar of Viet Nam's efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the agriculture and rural development sector by 20 percent by 2020. By developing and implementing improved policies, that address the drivers of deforestation and forest degradation, the aim is to increase Viet Nam’s overall forest cover to 45 percent by 2020.

Viet Nam at the forefront
As one of the original pilot countries of the UN-REDD Programme, Viet Nam has been on the frontline of global REDD+ activities for the past four years. The country has successfully piloted REDD+ readiness work in a number of key areas including supporting strong coordination among national stakeholders, developing a framework for Measurement, Reporting and Verification, and testing approaches for the free, prior and informed consent of ethnic minorities and other forest-dependent communities.

Phase II: focus on 6 provinces during 3 years
Phase II will build on the REDD+ readiness work of Phase I, and start implementing Viet Nam’s National REDD+ Action Programme in six provinces across the country, namely Lao Cai, Bac Kan, Ha Tinh, Binh Thuan, Lam Dong, and Ca Mau. Over the next 3 years the Programme will help identify, negotiate, plan and implement land-use practices that are sustainable, climate-smart and adapted to local needs. Additional financial incentives will be made available by the Government of Norway and other international partners for transparently measured and verified greenhouse gas emissions reductions achieved through the Programme.

Delivering as One
UN-REDD is a key UN joint programme, which harnesses the complimentary global expertise of FAO, UNDP and UNEP. FAO is supporting national forest resource monitoring and assessment; UNDP will support democratic governance and stakeholder engagement; and UNEP will help secure multiple ecosystem benefits. "By Delivering as One, the UN will help maximize the impact of Viet Nam’s efforts in climate change mitigation,” UN Resident Coordinator in Viet Nam, Ms Pratibha Mehta, said.

More information?
You can read the press release and the speech here.