"What we need from the World Agroforestry Centre is the scientific basis. Our people need the scientists to work beside them."
Mrs Pham Minh Thoa, newly appointed Director General of Vietnam's Department of Science, Technology and International Cooperation, made this statement during a visit to the Centre on Friday 19 March 2010 with colleague Dr Pham Manh Cuong, National REDD Team Leader, UN-REDD Vietnam Programme.
Their visit came just one day after representatives from the Government of Norway had visited the Centre to discuss Norwegian support for the Centre's research into reducing emissions from all land uses. This work will be carried out by the Centre and the Alternatives to Slash and Burn Partnership in three countries: Vietnam, Cameroon and Peru.
"We are extremely proud of our work in Vietnam and enjoy a good collaboration with Vietnam," said Tony Simons, Deputy Director General of the World Agroforestry Centre. "I am happy to report that this year we will be investing significantly to boost our work in Vietnam."