Technical Assistance in the Development of the National REDD Programme of Vietnam

Initiative

Summary

The overall objective of this project was to Analyse Trends of the Changes of Forest Resources and Forest Carbon Stock, and Establishment of the Interim Baseline Reference Scenarios.

This 12 month project supported the development of interim baseline reference scenarios by collecting and organising a comprehensive dataset along with developing/adjusting the existing digital forest inventory database. This was followed by an analysis of the trends of forest changes in Vietnam between 1991 and the time of the project, which in turn led to initial estimates of Vietnam's forest carbon stock and its changes and calculations of interim historical trend of forest related GHGs. The process culminated with the establishment of the first Interim Baseline Reference Scenarios. The baseline reference scenario is a key precondition for the future implementation of a REDD mechanism.

The key outputs of this project were: 1) A digital database of forest data of Vietnam since 1991 in DVD/CD-ROM. The database will become the property of MARD and form a part of MARD FOMIS (Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development Forest Sector Monitoring Information System)  Project; 2) A report and tabulated tables on forest cover changes since 1991; 3) Forest carbon stock and its change over time; 4) An historical trend of GHGs; 5) An interim Reference Emission Scenario; official REL needs political commitment and strong participation of different actors; 6) A report on data availability, gaps, quality, forest carbon stock, trend of GHG emission; 7) At the end of the contract the consultants would organise a workshop to inform about their findings and recommendations to the policy-makers in MARD and MONRE and other key stakeholders.

Stakeholder engagement and participation

At the end of the project, a workshop was carried out to inform policy makers in MARD and MONRE, as well as other key stakeholders.

Reference levels

A digital database of forest data since 1991 provides an analysis of forest carbon stocks and changes over time, as well as investigating the historical trends of GHG emissions. One key output of the project is the provision of an interim Reference Emission Scenario.