Reducing Emissions from All Land Uses (REALU) Workshop in Vietnam

By Rhiannon Crowe and Hoang Minh Ha, ICRAF - Vietnam

On November 4, 2009 the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) Vietnam, together with the General Department of Land Administration (GDLA) of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MONRE) organized a consultation workshop on Reducing Emissions from All Land Uses (REALU).

This workshop is one of the activities in Vietnam for the NORAD funded ASB-ICRAF project from July 2009 – July 2010. The objectives of the workshop were to:

(i) develop a common understanding of the REALU project concept;

(ii) discuss the initial findings by REALU Vietnam team on analysis, strategy and policy development for Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD).in relation to all land uses in Vietnam landscape.

The outputs of REALU will contribute to the climate change policy framework in the lead-up to Copenhagen in December 2009. The REALU Architecture project will link knowledge with action by

(i) providing analyses of cross-sectoral linkages in the tropical forest margins, based on long term engagement in Asia, Africa and Latin America,

(ii) organizing multi-stakeholder events to explore implications for the design of an effective regime in the post-2012 context, and

(iii) building the scientific and political basis for change through communicating and networking activities.

The goal of the project is to strengthen the ability of developing countries to build and implement effective strategies for reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD) within a context of rural development, national sovereignty, respect for local and indigenous peoples’ rights and integrity of national and global greenhouse gas accounting systems. In the half day workshop, 25 participants from international and national governments and NGOs in Vietnam listened to four presentations of experts from ICRAF, GDLA, and Sustainable Forest Management Institute (SFMI).

The topics covered were

(i) Introduction of REALU and concepts RED, REDD, REDD+ and REALU;

(ii) Land use and emission – a cross-sectoral perspective;

(iii) Opportunity costs Analysis, and

(iv) SFM and REDD+. During the discussion sections, the participants talked about the readiness of RED, REDD, REDD+ and REDD++ in Vietnam.

In the afternoon, REALU Vietnam experts groups (GDLA, SFMI, ICRAF, SNV) met to discuss the findings from the morning sessions and will use these comments to improve their report and products to deliver at at the upcoming UNFCCC Conference of Parties in Copenhagen (COP 15). There was much interest and participation at the workshop. All of the attendees provided useful and practical feedback for REDD and REALU mechanisms that can be used in moving forward in Vietnam. Encouragingly, at the end of the day, one SNV international expert said 'we believe ICRAF is doing some excellent work in this area’.

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