Viet Nam makes progress in promoting green growth

Jan 12, 2017

Ha Noi, 12 January 2017 - The Green Growth Coordination Meeting - Reporting on the implementation of the Viet Nam Green Growth Strategy (2012-2016) was held by the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) with support from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP). The meeting was attended by representatives from Government agencies and ministries, selected provinces/cities and international development agencies in Viet Nam.

The meeting reviewed the implementation of Viet Nam’s Green Growth Strategy. Good practices, experiences and lessons learned showcased at the meeting inform the development and implementation of the national Green Growth Action Plan, serving as  important pathways towards implementing the Paris Agreement.

Many specific examples related to green investment projects with the participation of the private sector across Vietnam were presented, exchanged and shared at the meeting as a clear demonstration of the action of Vietnam in promoting the green growth implementation.

Experience in the implementation of Green Growth Action Plan in Quang Ninh province showed that the GGAP should be prepared upon scientific base and stakeholder consensus, GGAP provides priorities and that should be mainstreamed into the masterplans and implemented with timely support from the development partners. Work has continued at the national level as well that the GGAP should be prepared and implemented based on key sub-sectors, inherit efforts such as target programs.

Viet Nam has joined the Paris Agreement that was approved at the COP21 in November 2015, with commitments through the implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). According to Dr. Pham Hoang Mai, Director General of Department of Science, Education, Natural Resources and Environment, government agencies and development partners have then carried out different activities to promote the implementation of these commitments.

“To date, five government ministries and nearly 30 provinces/cities in Viet Nam have developed and implemented their Green Growth Action Plan,” said Dr. Pham Hoang Mai, Director General of Department of Science, Education, Natural Resources and Environment. “Many provinces/cities and businesses have identified this as an important task which is being implemented in different aspects: resource mobilization, institutional & policy improvement, capacity strengthening, and new technology application. More importantly, specific activities have yielded encouraging results and valuable lessons learned. In October 2016, the Government of Viet Nam approved the plan for Paris agreement and NDC implementation. These efforts contribute to concretizing Viet Nam's actions towards 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”.

UNDP Country Director Louise Chamberlain, who co-chaired the meeting with Dr. Pham Hoang Mai, offered a number of suggestions for advancing Viet Nam’s green growth agenda. She called on the Government for long term policies and commitments to minimize risks for investors, reform energy prices, investment promotion mechanisms and transformative approach to managing and supporting state-owned energy enterprises.

“Attracting investment and improving effectiveness of investment is essential to drive the economy towards green development,” said Ms. Louise Chamberlain. “Focusing on investment and improving effectiveness of key sectors such as coal-fired power, construction, transportation, energy-intense industrial processes such as cement, fertilizer and pulp and paper are key areas for potential energy saving, applying advanced technologies to reduce the GHGs that help for transformative action”.

Speaking at the meeting, Mr. Craig Hart, Deputy Mission Director of USAID Vietnam, emphasized the importance of domestic funding resources: "Securing international resources is very important, but we also need to think about innovative ways of developing domestic funding mechanisms. One example is the payment for forest environmental services scheme (PFES), which provides approximately $60 million in revenues annually in Viet Nam. Last year, nearly 20,000 individuals in rural communities received PFES payments for the first time, in exchange for ensuring the forests are protected."

Background Information:

The Ministry of Planning and Investment is the focal point for green growth, responsible for leading and coordinating with concerned ministries, sectors, People’s Committee of provinces and cities, collaborating with international development partners to mobilize financial resources to implement the Viet Nam Green Growth Strategy and Action Plan, and for acting as the Coordinating agency for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The workshop is organized by the Ministry of Planning and Investment with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Partners collaborating in organizing this event are the Belgian Technical Cooperation (BTC), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI).

More information:

Remarks by Ms. Louise Chamberlain, UNDP Country Director at the Green Growth Coordination Meeting - Reporting on the Implementation of the VGGS (2012-2016)

Viet Nam Green Growth Strategy - Pathway to Implement Nationally Determined Contribution and the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development

Quang Ninh Green Growth Action Plan

Green Growth Action Plan (GGAP) and Outcomes of Energy Efficiency & Conservation Programme (VNEEP)

Preparing and Implementing Green Growth Action Plan for Transport Sector for the Period 2016 - 2020

GIZ Support to the Implmentation of Green Growth Strategy

ADB's Perspectives and Operations in Viet Nam - Support for Green Growth Development

Media Contacts:

Nguyen Thi Dieu Trinh  
Senior Official
Dept. of Science, Education, Natural Resources and Environment, Ministry of Planning and Investment
Addr: R. 508, Block A, 6B Hoang Dieu, Ha Noi
Tel: 84-8043310
Fax: 84-4-37475194
Email: trinhdieu@mpi.gov.vn

Nguyen Viet Lan
UNDP Communications Officer
Addr: 304 Kim Ma, Ba Dinh, Ha Noi
Tel: 84-4-38500158
Email: nguyen.viet.lan@undp.org