Capacity building for REDD+ readiness (2013 onwards)

Forests in the GMS are important carbon sinks, provide valuable eco-system services, contain extensive and unique biodiversity, and are an important source of livelihood for millions of local people, many of whom live in poverty. The on-going destruction and damage to natural forests in the GMS through over-exploitation has long been one of the major environmental challenges facing the subregion. In response, GMS countries are engaging in REDD+ (“Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation”).

REDD+ is a global initiative that aims to create financial incentives for sustainable forest management. Its aim of harnessing carbon finance for sustainable forest management is a new field of experience and will require the active participation of government and local stakeholders.

Lao PDR and Viet Nam are two GMS countries progressing well with REDD+ readiness and are taking advantage of interim performance-based payment systems (including the Forest Investment Program in Lao PDR and the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility in Viet Nam. It is important to ensure that stakeholders at the provincial, district and community level are also ready to participate in emerging REDD+ opportunities as ultimately this is where interventions to improve forest management will be implemented.

Since 2006, the Core Environment Program (CEP) has built the capacity of district and provincial government staff, as well as communities, to improve forest management in key GMS biodiversity landscapes. Building on these efforts, CEP is introducing the concept of REDD+ at the local level and testing participatory forest and carbon monitoring methods to support the harnessing of future REDD+ benefits.

This project aims to improve the design and implementation of REDD+ at the local level through capacity building targeting local level REDD+ stakeholders in Attapeu province, Lao PDR and Thua Thien Hue, Quang Nam and Quang Tri provinces, Viet Nam. The main activities include:

  • Building local capacity for Participatory Forest Monitoring (PFM)
  • Integrating climate resilient and low carbon considerations into local development plans
  • Identifying and testing pro-poor benefit distribution systems
  • Raising awareness of REDD+ concepts through technical trainings for government stakeholders


Publish Date: 12th September 2013

Last Updated: 3rd June 2016

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