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Viet Nam Shares REDD+ Lessons with Myanmar and Cambodia

Delegates from Myanmar and Cambodia met in Viet Nam for South-South Exchange on REDD+ Readiness Preparations.

Representatives from Cambodia and Myanmar, two countries near the beginning of their REDD+ readiness activities, gathered in Hanoi, Viet Nam July 30-August 3, 2012 in order to learn about experiences and lessons related to the REDD+ readiness process and the UN-REDD Programme, as well as measures to promote broad stakeholder participation.

 REDD+ experts from Cambodia and Myanmar tour one of Viet Nam's REDD+ pilot districts.

This valuable five-day South-South exchange and study tour included delegates from the Forest Department of Myanmar and Cambodia, and REDD+ network members, including International Non-Governmental Organizations (INGOs), Viet Nam Non-Governmental Organizations (VNGOs), and Viet Nam's Administration of Forestry (VNFOREST), REDD+ Office (VRO), Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE), as well UNDP, UNEP, FAO and Viet Nam's UN-REDD National Programme Management Unit.

Presentations and discussions during the workshop were shared and stimulated by thematic sub-technical working groups, looking at a wide range of issues including: lessons learned in REDD+ readiness preparation on social and environmental safeguards; development of national MRV, (MRV framework, allometric equations and land monitoring systems); REDD+ implementation at the local level; and preparation for piloting REDD+ payments at the local level.

Viet Nam shared its challenges and best practices, which triggered a range of important questions from both Cambodia and Myanmar, related to forest land allocations, selection of plant species that could benefit both local people and REDD+, co-efficient criteria for carbon pool and forest management, and how to effectively engage with local communities to inform opinions and raise awareness regarding REDD+.

Cambodia, Myanmar and Viet Nam concluded the exchange with a commitment to strengthen cooperation between the three countries in REDD+ implementation, including to boost the regional REDD+ thematic cooperation. It is hoped that the regional cooperation including bilateral and multilateral cooperation will be strengthened in a more active, effective and flexible manner.

Study Tour

Between 2-3 August, delegates of the exchange visited the UN-REDD Programme pilot site in Lam Dong province, and had a meeting with the Provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. The visitors also had an opportunity to visit the forest and talk to the Indigenous Peoples in Ka La To Rieng village. Delegates from both Cambodia and Myanmar agreed that the study tour provided an excellent opportunity to understand some of the successes and lessons learned within the UN-REDD National Programme in Viet Nam, which could be bought back to their countries. 

For more information on the South-South exchange click the following links: Workshop and Study tour.


 Viet Nam welcomed delegates from Cambodia and Myanmar to share REDD+ lessons from Phase 1.





In this issue


New Civil Society, Indigenous Peoples Observers Selected for UN-REDD Policy Board

Zambia Strengthens its Monitoring and MRV Systems with New Assessment

Viet Nam Shares REDD+ Lessons with Myanmar and Cambodia

DRC Advances Work on REDD+ Safeguards and Multiple Benefits

UN-REDD Workshop Round-Up

Features & Commentary

Nigeria Engages Further in Forest Conservation and Green Development
By: Josep A. Garí 

Indigenous Peoples in Asia-Pacific Call for a Strengthened Role in REDD+
By: The Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact

Designing Meaningful Participation for REDD+ in Ecuador
By: Danae Issa 

Reports & Analysis

Viet Nam Releases New REDD+ Reports on Phase 1 and Awareness Raising

Two New Go-REDD+ Issues from UN-REDD in Asia-Pacific

Looking ahead

World Forest Week
24-28 September, 2012: Rome, Italy

Regional Forum on Anti- Corruption and REDD+
1-3 October, 2012: Lima, Peru

REDD+ Day at CBD COP11
16 October, 2012: Hyderabad, India

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