Potential Forests and Land Related to Climate Change and Forests

Initiative

Summary

This study is considered as a follow-up of the previously JICA- assisted Study on “Capacity Building for Afforestation and Reforestation according to Clean Development Mechanism (AR-CDM) promotion”. This previous study resulted in the registration of its pilot project under the UNFCCC. In order to disseminate the previous study’s outcomes, this second JICA-supported study, “Potential Forests and Land Related to Climate Change and Forests”, aims to support Vietnam in preparing basic data and information of eligible land under the Kyoto Protocol for further acceleration for AR-CDM and financial investment from private sector for forestation projects. The study also aims to compile information and data on potential forests for REDD.

The study’s main objective is therefore to contribute to the facilitation of international efforts for mitigation of global climate change under LULUCF (Land Use, Land Use change and Forestry) by identifying potential areas for afforestation/reforestation (A/R) projects under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) of the Kyoto Protocol and for REDD, and by examining possibilities of other non-UNFCCC approaches in Vietnam. 

The study includes the estimation of reference levels for REDD, the development of digital maps by integrating national data and satellite images, the estimation of the costs and benefits associated with climate change mitigation projects, and proposals for demonstration activities at sub-national level.

In order to examine the actual situation of deforestation and forest degradation at the local level, land surveys were conducted in Binh Phuoc, Dak Nong, Nghe Anh and Kon Tum provinces. The surveys attempted to quantify financial cost/benefit and carbon benefits through provisional project implementation.