Design of a REDD Compliant Benefits Distribution System for Vietnam
Viet Nam is well-placed to develop a REDD-compliant BDS as a result of many years of experience with similar systems such as the 661 or 5 Million Hectare Reforestation Programme, which was launched in 1998, and internationally supported payments for forest environmental services (PFES) pilot projects. The focus on BDS also capitalizes on Viet Nam’s functioning administration, social stability, and relatively high degree of tenure security. These are assets that Viet Nam can use to gain a competitive edge in a future international REDD+ regime.
A REDD-compliant BDS is one which addresses the principles, and meets the expectations of the international community in terms of equity, transparency, additionality, and performance-relatedness, while managing REDD+ revenues in an effective and efficient manner. To assist GoV to design such a REDD-compliant BDS, a team of national and international consultants was convened under the leadership of DoF to prepare a study of BDS issues and options. Field work, literature review, and stakeholder consultations were carried out from September to November 2009.
This report summarizes the draft study’s conclusions and recommendations in 17 “Policy Decisions” which need to be taken in order to establish a REDD-compliant BDS. The 10 most significant Policy Decisions are clustered under three themes: legal, institutional, and governance.
See the full report by UN-REDD, GTZ, and MARD right here