The Japanese Government will provide technical assistance on sustainable management of natural resources to the 5 mountainous provinces of Điện Biên, Lai Châu, Sơn La, Hòa Bình and Lâm Đồng in the period of 2015 - 2020. Particularly, it is focused on policy support, sustainable forest management and reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+), biodiversity and knowledge sharing is expected to help improve Vietnamese localities’ capacity in managing natural resources.
|Việt Nam biodiversity received much support from Japan|
Accordingly, on 9 July 2015, the 5 provinces and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) were authorize to sign a document on the project in Hà Nội by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD).
As the primary focus of the project, sustainable forest management and REDD+ will promote the implementation of the provincial REDD+ action plan (PRAP) in Điện Biên and the design of PRAPs in Lai Châu, Sơn La and Hòa Bình provinces.
MARD Deputy Minister Hà Công Tuấn highlighted the significance of the project, saying it will contribute to accelerating the forestry restructuring plan.
Futhermore, credit loans and technical assistance provided by the Japanese Government have supported Việt Nam’s forestry sector in recovering forest resources and built capacity of staff working in the field.
The MARD will direct relevant agencies as well to work with localities and the MONRE to carry out the project.
The localities have been asked to swiftly design and enact REDD+ action plans in combination with the implementation of the national forest protection and management programme.
The REDD+ action plan is intended to counteract downgrading ecosystem and biodiversity in Việt Nam. In 2012, the Government issued the National REDD+ Action Plan to improve forest management and climate change resilience.