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Lessons Learned: Viet Nam UN-REDD Programme, Phase 1

Executive Summary

When Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD) became a headline issue at international climate change talks in 2007, few negotiators or observers had Viet Nam in mind. However, shortly after the 13th Conference of Parties (COP) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), in December 2007, Viet Nam, through the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) was among the first countries to express interest in the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), which aims to support the development of national REDD programmes. MARD’s argument was that a recent record of expansion in national forest area, due to a successful afforestation programme, masked a steady decline in the area and quality of natural forest, which existing policies had been unable to address. These circumstances drew the attention of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), when they launched their joint UN-REDD Programme in September 2008, making Viet Nam one of the original nine partner countries.

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Linking Adaptation and Mitigation through Community Forestry: Case Studies from Asia

Given the role that forests play in mitigation and adaptation to climate change, there are potential synergies between REDD+ and the ability of populations to adapt to the impacts of climate change. As many countries in the region develop their national adaptation strategies, explicit incorporation of forests within these plans needs to be ensured. Conversely, mitigation activities such as REDD+ rarely include explicit references to adaptation or the development of adaptive capacity (FAO, 2012). Additionally, failure to consider mitigation and adaptation in the context of forests and forest based communities may result in an undermining of sustainable forestry practices and a loss of rights and livelihoods among vulnerable communities.

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UNFCCC Technical Paper on Financing Options for REDD+

The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a technical paper (FCCC/TP/2012/3) on financing options for the full implementation of results-based actions relating to the activities referred to in decision 1/CP.16, paragraph 70 (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, and the role of conservation, sustainable use of forests and enhancement of carbon stock (REDD+)) including related modalities and procedures.

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POLICY PAPER- Regaining Momentum: Priority Tasks for the Green Climate Fund at its First Board Meeting

Liane Schalatek

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) is to become the primary multilateral channel for large-scale financing for adaptation and mitigation action in developing countries. When the newly selected 24 members – 12 from developing, 12 from developed countries – of the GCF Board will finally come together for their first Board Meeting in Geneva in from August 23-25 after an arduous nomination process created delays of several months, their most important first task will be to regain momentum lost since December. At that time, the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) had approved the Fund’s governing instrument and in an accompanying decision laid out some important deadlines and clarifications.

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REDD+ Safeguards in National Policy Discourse and Pilot Projects

Early adoption of national- and project-level social and environmental standards suggests that REDD+ policy makers, project personnel and investors value REDD+ safeguards.

To gain national-level buy-in for REDD+ safeguards, national sovereignty must be recognised and competing safeguard policies should be harmonised.
The REDD+ safeguards dialogue needs to move away from highlevel international discussions and towards action. This includes introducing guidelines, low-cost strategies and capacity building to support the interpretation, implementation, monitoring and reporting of safeguards.

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