As of: January 2018
Exploring mechanisms to promote High Biodiversity REDD: Piloting in Viet Nam
Objective and activities
The project supported the Governments of Viet Nam and the Lao People's Democratic Republic in incorporating the social and environmental co-benefits of reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) into the process of introducing national REDD+ strategies. Furthermore, the project partners identified opportunities for integrating social and environmental safeguards into existing processes and practices. Incorporating REDD+ safeguards and co-benefits required the introduction and testing of innovative mechanisms in order to support - in addition to emission reductions – the sustainable social development of the local population and the protection of biological diversity. Such mechanisms included the development of subnational REDD+ implementation plans that take social and environmental criteria into account as well as the introduction of participatory forest monitoring and local profit-sharing mechanisms for REDD+.
- Operationalising National Safeguard Requirements for Results-based Payments from REDD+
State of implementation/results
- Project completed.
- The project has developed sound technical approaches, tested them in the field and produced and widely disseminated a range of quality knowledge products relevant to the four output areas. The project has made a valuable contribution in terms of adding to the body of knowledge in various important aspects of REDD+ readiness, policy and programme development i.e. i) Country safeguards systems and responses to international requirements, ii) Sub-national REDD+ planning processes to deliver multiple environmental and social benefits, iii) Participatory Forest Monitoring, and iv) Pro-poor benefit distribution. The project
has generated knowledge both for global learning, as well as for specific application in Vietnam and Lao PDR.
- The project has also made an important contribution in terms of strengthening political capacity in the above-mentioned aspects of REDD+ development. The project’s support to the establishment of and, ongoing capacity-building and support to, the Vietnam REDD+ Office (VRO) and the Sub-technical Working Group on REDD+ Safeguards (STWG-SG) as well as the development of the globally applicable Country Approach to Safeguards and the Safeguards Roadmap for Vietnam are particular highlights. The project has however also been important in guiding institutional processes and building capacity for subnational REDD+ planning and participatory forest monitoring.
- In the project’s second phase (MB-REDD), the project was also implemented in Lao PDR. With a modest budget earmarked overall for Lao PDR in addition to various other challenges and constraints in the country context, the project has had a lesser impact than in Vietnam. Nonetheless, the project has provided some useful contributions towards establishing and strengthening political capacity on REDD+ safeguards and benefit-sharing for central level government stakeholders, with the country at an early stage in its readiness process.
- Publication on "Mapping the potential for REDD+ to deliver biodiversity conservation in Viet Nam"
- Practice brief published on "Participatory Biodiversity Monitoring for REDD+ - Considerations for national REDD+ programmes"
- Practice brief published on "A country-led approach to REDD+ safeguards and multiple benefits"
- Report (entire) "A country-led approach to REDD+ safeguards and multiple benefits"
- Publication "A country-led safeguards approach: guidelines for national REDD+ programmes"