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

Jul 29, 2013

Viet Nam first country globally to launch a National UN-REDD Phase II Programme

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.

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.

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 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.

Addressing the signing ceremony, UN Resident Coordinator in Viet Nam, Ms Pratibha Mehta, said that the event was a land mark for Viet Nam and for the UN-REDD Programme. “The Phase II Programme includes a very clear and targeted way forward for Viet Nam to benefit in multiple ways, beyond this US$30 million Programme. However, if Viet Nam is to take full advantage of all the opportunities, Phase II must fully deliver on its objectives and in timely and effective manner. By Delivering as One, the UN will help maximize the impact of Viet Nam’s efforts in climate change mitigation,” she noted.

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 supports democratic governance and stakeholder engagement; and UNEP will help secure multiple ecosystem benefits.

More on the UN-REDD Programme
The UN-REDD Programme is the United Nations collaborative initiative on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) in developing countries. The Programme was launched in 2008 and builds on the convening role and technical expertise of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). For more information on the work of the UN-REDD Programme, visit or email the Programme at un-redd@un-redd.or

More on REDD+
Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD) is an effort to create a financial value for the carbon stored in forests, offering incentives for developing countries to reduce emissions from forested lands and invest in low-carbon paths to sustainable development. "REDD+" goes beyond reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, and includes the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks.

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