NFP Facility and Viet Nam
The partnership between Viet Nam and the Facility was established in 2004, with USD 300,000 of the Facility initial support for period of three years and was extended until 2010. Under the Partnership Agreement, the Facility provides funds directly to non-governmental stakeholders that are selected through open, transparent and competitive process to carry out activities contributing to the implementation of the national forestry programme. One of the principles of this support is the recipient organization should contribute (in cash or in kind) at least 20% of the total budget. The Facility in FAO HQs in Rome and the Facility Coach for Viet Nam are responsible for managing the fund and making decisions in relation to the support, while the payment is released by FAO Representation in Hanoi. The Viet Nam National Steering Committee was established in 2008, with high attention and support from the senior officials of the Government. Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) assigned FSSP CO to be the focal point to coordinate and manage nfp and Facility related activities in Viet Nam.
Phase 1 of the Facility has been implemented effectively which was been highly appreciated by the Facility. By the end of 2010, 12 project proposals have been funded by the Facility, focusing on piloting models of sustainable forest management and forest certification, land consolidation at village scope, organisation of consultation workshops with wide range of stakeholders related to natural forest management, harmonisation of ecotoursim development and conservation in national parks. Those activities, even at small scale, have been implemented by local NGOs, of which available local expertise and experience was sucessfully made full utilized without any international expertise mobilized resulting in encouraging achievements.
By the end of phase 1, after the Vie Nam NFP review mission, Viet Nam was one of the countries chosen to extend the phase 2 of the Facility activities until 2012. The partnership extension with the Facility will definitely contribute significantly to enhancing the implementation and monitoring of VFDS in specific and common effort of the world and the region in general in climate change context.