The Asia-Pacific Community Carbon Pools and REDD+ Programme celebrated successes and learnings last month at the team’s National Vietnam workshop in Hanoi. The July 10 event ‘REDD+ and Community Forestry: the Practices and Perspectives’ was facilitated by People and Nature Reconciliation (PanNature) in cooperation with Kon Tum’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) and Fauna & Flora International (FFI). The workshop attracted an attendance of 65 participants from 35 organisations, particularly those who are involved in REDD+ development and implementation in Vietnam.
The event was a good opportunity to share results and lessons learned from a practical project for community stakeholders to manage and implement REDD+ in Vietnam, and discuss continued implementation of the project’s next stage.
The workshop aimed at sharing results and experiences regarding the development of Community Carbon Pools (CCP) for the voluntary carbon market, at the pilot site in Hieu Commune, Kon Plong District, Kon Tum Province, from 2012 to 2014. The CCP is the first community-based, project-scale, voluntary market REDD+ initiative being piloted in Vietnam.
At the workshop, while appreciating the CCP development to date, participants also heard how the model has made significant advances regarding REDD+ practices in Vietnam. Participants discussed the challenges of integrating community forestry and sustainable forest management in Vietnam’s REDD+ and Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) development context, as well as demanded better policies and engagement to realise full operation of the REDD+ project in Kon Tum, which will contribute further to national REDD+ policy development.
The Asia-Pacific Community Carbon Pool and REDD+ programme’s Vietnam component has completed pilot activities focusing on forest land allocations to communities and supported the development of the REDD+ pilot project in Kon Tum Province. FFI and PanNature officers are continuing to share the lessons learned from the pilot activities to the Government of Vietnam to support development of national REDD+ policies and regulations.
The pilot project is within the forest area of 11 largely ethnic minority villages covering approximately 15,000 hectares. Managed by the Kon Plong District People’s Committee, the District has a population of approximately 1,800 people, mostly represented by the Xedang, M’Nam, Ca dong and H’Re indigenous groups. The province is an internationally recognised biodiversity hotspot with charismatic and highly threatened fauna, such as the grey-shanked douc langur and newly discovered northern yellow-cheeked gibbon.
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Source: Asia-Pacific Community Carbon Pools and REDD+ Programme