The United Nations Collaborative Programme
on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation
and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries

Viet Nam takes action against climate change


Piloting Participatory Carbon Monitoring, Viet Nam


Free Prior and Informed Consent, Viet Nam


Pham Manh Cuong, National REDD Focal Point, Viet Nam

Viet Nam

According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), forests occupied 13.1 million ha (38.7% of land area) at the end of 2008, comprising 10.3 million ha of natural forests and 2.8 million ha of plantation forests. The forest types in Vietnam are categorized into three types: Special-use Forest (2.1 million ha or 15.7% of total forest area), Protection Forest (4.7 million ha or 36.1% of total forest area) and Production Forest (6.2 million ha or 48.2% of total forest area). Despite an overall increase in forest area to 12.6 million ha in 2006 (37% of land area) from 9.2 million ha in 1992, various regions of Viet Nam – including the Central Highlands, the Central Coast and the East of southern region – still have high rates of deforestation.

Viet Nam was one of the original UN-REDD “pilot” countries.  The UN-REDD Programme has assisted the Government of Viet Nam in establishing a national REDD+ Network, where various stakeholders come together to coordinate REDD+ related issues. Phase 1 of the Programme was completed in October 2012, and a funding agreement for a Phase 2 was signed with Norway in December 2012.  Phase 2 will reduce emissions in six provinces, working with provincial, district and commune authorities, local communities, and the private sector.

Key results and achievements of the UN-REDD National Programme in Viet Nam

Programme Activity Updates

Viet Nam, Norway and UN officially Launch the Viet Nam UN-REDD Phase II Programme

October 2013

On 11 October 2013, the Government of Viet Nam took another major step towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the agriculture and rural development sector, assisted by a US$30 million grant by the Government of Norway.
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Viet Nam First Country Globally to Launch a National UN-REDD Phase II Programme

August 2013

Once again at the forefront of global efforts to fight climate change, Viet Nam became the first of 47 UN-REDD partner countries to move into the second phase of a US$30 million programme to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through improved forest and land-use management.
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Launch of “Legal Analysis of Cross-cutting Issues for REDD+ Implementation: Lessons Learned from Mexico, Viet Nam and Zambia” Publication

April 2013

The publication aims to identify key legal considerations to implement national REDD+ programmes/strategies and to present lessons learned to assist countries in drafting legislative reforms related to REDD+. Read full article…

Phasing out REDD+ Phase I in Viet Nam


Viet Nam is one of the first UN-REDD Programme partner country to operationally close its UN-REDD National Programme focused on REDD+ readiness work under Phase 1, and begin moving forward with its REDD+ Phase II efforts.   
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Viet Nam Shares REDD+ Lessons with Cambodia and Myanmar

September 2012

Delegates from Cambodia and Myanmar met in Viet Nam for South-South Exchange on REDD+ Readiness Preparations.  
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Viet Nam Releases New REDD+ Reports on Phase 1 and Awareness Raising

September 2012

In August, Viet Nam launched a lessons learned report reflecting on Phase 1, and another looking at best practices for effective REDD+ training and awareness raising. 
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Indonesia and Viet Nam Advance Approaches to Forest Monitoring for REDD+

July 2012

UN-REDD National Programmes in Indonesia and Viet Nam are building national technical capacity in forest biomass estimation for REDD+.
By: Akiko Inoguchi and Martha Maulidia
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Clarifying Forest Governance in Viet Nam

March/April 2012

Through GO-REDD+, the UN-REDD Programme team in Asia-Pacific will disseminate a wide range of regionally-focused information on REDD+ to assist countries in their REDD+ readiness efforts. Read full article…

UN-REDD and FAO Explore the Legal Dimension of REDD+ Implementation

January 2012

In three new studies, the UN-REDD Programme and FAO are working with the International Development Law Organisation (IDLO) to look at how legal and regulatory frameworks shape national contexts for REDD+. Read full article…


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UN-REDD in Viet Nam

Phase II: US$30 million
Phase I: US$4.4 million

Phase II: December 2012 – 2015
Phase I: 2009 – 2011

Primary Partner:
Department of Forestry (DoF), Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD)


Asia-Pacific Communications materials

Viet Nam Gallery

Technical reports

Workshop reports

National Programme Document
and Semi-Annual reports

Studies and other publications


Viet Nam's Ministry of NaturalResources and Environment

Viet Nam's REDD+ website

Viet Nam's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development

Viet Nam's Administration of Forestry

UN-REDD Viet Nam Phase II Multi-Partner Trust Fund (MPTF)


Pratibha Mehta
UN Resident Coordinator
Viet Nam

Pham ManhCuong                         Director, Viet Nam REDD+ Office, Viet Nam Administration of Forestry (VNFOREST), Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD)
Nguyen Thi Thu Huyen
National Programme Manager
UN-REDD Viet Nam Programme

Tim Boyle
Regional Coordinator, UNDP

Thomas Enters
Regional Coordinator, UNEP

Vu Thi Thu Hang
UNDP Country Office
Danilo Mollicone
Forestry Officer, FAO

Akiko Inoguchi
FAO, Viet Nam