Vietnam: Building Grassroots Capacity for REDD+



In August 2010, Viet Nam joined a project by The Center for People and Forests (RECOFTC), Grassroots Capacity Building for REDD+, which had been initiated with Indonesia, Nepal and Laos one year earlier. And more recently, in January 2013, Myanmar. The project aims to train and build capacity of forest sector grassroots stakeholders for REDD+ in Asia and the Pacific.

In Viet Nam, the project is implemented under a Memorandum of Understanding between the Viet Nam Administration of Forestry (VNFOREST) and RECOFTC. 

In its first phase, the project involved assessments of local knowledge, demands, and interests in REDD+ in Bac Kan, Ca Mau, and Lam Dong Province (the assessment in Lam Dong was done in Cooperation with UN-REDD). Four major stakeholder groups were interviewed; government forestry agencies, forestry entrepreneurs, mass organisations, and forest dependent households. All groups highlighted insufficient training on REDD+ in Vietnamese. It also became clear that all stakeholder groups required further explanation of the concept of climate change as a basis for further discussions relating to REDD+. RECOFTC is therefore drafting Vietnamese versions of the REDD+ manual, as well as RECOFTC's Free, Prior an Informed Consent in REDD+ Guidebook and training manual. 

Some major achievements of the project in Viet Nam include four awareness raising and planning workshops, which have been conducted in each project province and have involved 47 people, including 15 women, from partner organisations. Following these workshops, partnership agreements have been signed, with action plans being developed and now implemented in the four provinces. At the national lenel, two 'Training of Trainers' (ToT) workshops have been conducted on climate change and REDD+. At the provincial and district levels, training courses on sustainable forest management, climate change and REDD+ have been held.  At the community level, a training course on climate change and REDD+ was held in Ca Mau Province for 25 community staff. In the same province, a further awareness raising event with 120 particpants comprising commune staff and villagers from Ngoc Hien District was conducted. 

RECOFTC selected the provinces of Bac Kan, Lam Dong, Ca Mau and Ha Tinh for the implementation of its Building Grassroots Capacity for REDD+, as these are the same areas where other REDD+ initatives being carried out by other organisations focusing on the technical aspects of REDD+ are being implemented. By working in the same areas, RECOFTC's project can compliment these other initiatives with its emphasis on the socioeconomic components of REDD+. 

The project is now in its third phase of implementation, which is due to run until December 2015. 

For more information on the organisations involved in the project, its collaborative partners and the project's major achievements, visit the project's page on the RECOFTC website.