SRD Vietnam

Empowering CSOs and LCs to effectively participate in the implementation of Vietnam’s Emission Reduction Programme (ER-P)

Executing agency: Centre for Sustainable Rural Development (SRD)

The project will benefit communities in the North Central Coast (NCC) region of the country and CSOs which are members of the VNGO-FLEGT and REDD+ networks in the six NCC provinces by setting up a new Forest Conversion Independent Monitoring (FCIM) framework and network in advance of implementation, scheduled for 2019-2024 in the ERPD. Supported activities are: (i) a 3-day training workshop for 30 CSOs on the ERPD, their role, and the preconditions required for them to bridge capacity gaps in order to fulfil their role. Their capacities will be built to subsequently train 50 LC beneficiaries about ERPD in each of the 6 NCC provinces. The provincial training will also discuss the FCIM framework; (ii) one national and 6 provincial dialogues with decision makers on the FCIM to mobilize CSOs to benefit from genuine consultation on ER-P implementation; and (iii) development of a FCIM framework and establishing an independent monitoring network to deliver on forest conversion priorities in the ERPD. The sub-project targets 250 men and at least 100 females and it is funded through a US$74,970 contribution from the project.

SRD Proposal

PROGRESS

Training for CSO and Local Communities: Training workshops for 31 CSOs’ staff in 6 Northern Central Coast (NCC) provinces had been conducted. And training workshops for 305 people (Male: 169, Female: 136) from Local Communities (LC) in 5 provinces of Ha Tinh, Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, Quang Tri and Hue had been done. In the training, CSOs and local communities were trained on REDD+, ER-P and their expected involvement in activities. More importantly, participants were asked to identify current situation of their forest changes, forest change monitoring in their localities. They then discussed in more detail what preconditions needed for them to do the Forest Change Independent Monitoring, what they have now, what are the gaps and proposals to bridge the gaps. CSOs summarized all these discussions to present in the dialogues with the provincial authorities.

Dialogues with local authorities: Dialogues with the 3 provincial authorities had been conducted by CSOs in Ha Tinh, Thanh Hoa and Quang Tri provinces. There were 31 participants of 3 dialogues. From the dialogues local authorities were informed about forest change situations and the need to do forest change monitoring. They discussed and agreed action plans and also recommended some actions to the central government.

Desk review of forest change monitoring methodologies: We had conducted a desk review and 3 monitoring methodologies/systems under review. They are: i) Forest Resource Monitoring System (FRMS) – a system designed with financial support from Finland and is part of the Forest Management Information System of Vietnam (FORMIS); ii) Provincial Forest Monitoring System (PFMS) is a system designed by a JICA funded project looking at using tablet to do forest change monitoring at commune – district – provincial level; iii) Forest change monitoring using satellite images terra-i. This model used a software (terra-i) to track the satellite images every 16 days to identify change in forest. The software has been developed by the International Center tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and was piloted in Lam Dong province under UNREDD Program. After the pilot, the provincial authority in charge of forest administration (Department of Agriculture and Rural Development of Lam Dong province) made a report in which it highly appreciated the information provided by Terra-I and pointed out many advantages if using this software compared to the current forest monitoring system. CIAT confirmed that Terra-I can be used free of charge but it requires technical skills.

 

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