Promoting Adaptive Collaborative Management Approach (ACMA) through strengthening capacity and participation of Vietnamese CSOs and local communities in REDD+ process
Executing agency: Centre for People and Nature Reconciliation (PanNature)
The sub-project is expected to provide a range of benefits to local communities and strengthen their participation in forest governance by adopting the ACMA approach in one REDD+ site level, Huong Nguyen Commune, ThuaThien Hue province. By contributing to this overall objective, the project is expected to significantly enhance the capacity of Vietnamese civil society to participate fully and effectively in REDD+ readiness and implementation in Vietnam. Financed activities are discussions with ICHTER, which is piloting ACME in ThanhHoa province, assessing capacity needs on REDD+ readiness, developing a set of awareness and training materials for CSOs/CBOs and local communities on REDD+ Readiness, organizing a training workshop for beneficiaries, identifying key components for the ACMA approach, organizing and facilitating community training courses to enhance beneficiaries’ capacity on REDD+ readiness and consult the ACMA framework, organizing and guiding village forest protection teams on community based forest/carbon monitoring with mobile application techniques, organizing and facilitating a consultation workshop with provincial and district staff on the ACMA framework, organizing a national workshop to create a dialogue on the ACMA framework and generate policy recommendations, developing and publishing policy recommendations on the ACMA framework, contributing to the development of a CSO-led FCIM/PFGM framework, and developing indicators and tools for FCIM/PFGM and collaborating with CSOs/CBOs to deliver a district level testing. The sub-project will be funded by a US$74,756 contribution from the project.
The project has achieved the following initial results to contribute to this overall objective as well as a long-term impact:
- With initial results achieved from the community consultations on securing livelihood linking to sustainable uses of natural resources and REDD+ benefit sharing based on ACMA, some priority livelihood demands of local people have been identified according to forest rehabilitation by native species; economic afforestation on the returned land of forest owners; strengthening traditional craft to reduce pressure on forest resources. From that, initial ideas on cooperation mechanism in forest governance with community’s participatory in ACMA discussed as the key issues in technical meetings among CSOs and local community aim to facilitate REDD+ progress move toward effective, efficient and equitable.
- The feasibility assessment and context analysis from the case of Huong Nguyen commune will be one of the first research related to ACMA in the Vietnamese’s context. It provides an objective basis for determining whether or not ACMA can be implemented, and if so under what conditions. As a result, this report will add value by advocating policy makers to strengthen ACMA/BDS framework for improved community involvement in forest management and promoting experiences that can be replicated regionally or nationally. The first national CSO consultation workshop has been organized in late September, 2018 to share initial findings of these reports.
- Based on the consultations, the capacity need assessment and training packages on specific REDD+ issues for different stakeholders have been identified. As the results, the training package for local grassroot CSOs representatives on REDD+/ACMA, socio-environmental safeguards (SESA), FPIC or social aspects of forest governance monitoring; and for local communities, especially forest smallholders on participatory forest governance monitoring and sustainable livelihood options, are the most priorities.
- The project has also created a great collaboration with the Vietnam National FCPF Program and other FCPF REDD+ Capacity Building Program grantees, including SRD and ICTHER in order to share the ideas and the results of the project to broader CSO network and national policy discussions.
- In addition, as the co-implementator of the Voice for Mekong Forest (V4FM), the approach and stories from the field of FCPF/ANSAB has been shared among the Mekong region CSO networks by PanNature’s project team. The participatory forest governance monitoring (PFGM) system for non-state actors is the shared interest between the project.