Poverty and Sustainable Development Impacts of REDD+ Architecture (Vietnam)

Initiative

Summary

This is a multi-country project led by the International Institute for Environment and Development (UK) and the University of Life Sciences (Norway). Funded by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD), the project falls under the Norwegian’s Government Climate and Forest Initiative and is being carried out in Brazil, Ghana, Vietnam, Tanzania and Uganda. The first phase of the project commenced in July 2009 and ran until May 2010.  

The project aims to increase the understanding of how different design and policy options for REDD at the international, national and subnational level will affect the achievement of emissions reductions and the co-benefits of sustainable development and poverty reduction.

The project is analysing the distribution of incentive payments from REDD+ under difference design scenarios at both the national and international level. It is also working with select REDD+ pilot projects in each of the five countries to generate evidence and improve understanding of the poverty impacts of REDD+ pilot activities and the impacts, both the benefits and the transaction costs, of different REDD+ payment mechanisms.

In Vietnam, the project is being implemented by the Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV).

SNV have surveyed priority areas in Vietnam to identify those that have the greatest potential for REDD+ projects. Looking at forest cover change and associated carbon density at the district, provincial and national level, SNV have aimed to uncover the patterns of deforestation and afforestation behind Vietnam’s net deforestation rate. Subsequently, identified priority areas have been identified in terms of their opportunity costs for REDD versus their potential for alternative use for agricultural development.

The project's website can be found on IIED's website here