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Trust Fund for Forests

TFF – Trust Fund for Forests

The Trust Fund for Forests (TFF) was established through an Official letter 850/CP-NN dated 23rd June 2004. At the same time four bilateral donors (Finland, the Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), which committed them to pool their ODA contributions in support of Vietnam’s forest sector during an initial three year transition phase of the TFF.

What is the TFF?

The Trust Fund for Forests (TFF) is a financing mechanism for pooling donor contributions and ensuring these are used effectively to address sector priorities within agreed policy frameworks, such as the National Forest Development Strategy.

What is the mission statement of the TFF?

Vietnam’s Trust Fund for Forests will provide a grant facility to support pro-poor and sustainable approaches to forest management and a transition towards a comprehensive sector wide approach for development and cooperation in the forest sector.

What are the TFF’s goals and objectives?

The overall goal of the fund is consistent with that of the existing National Forest Development Strategy – “The sustainable management of forests and the conservation of biodiversity to achieve: a) protection of the environment, b) improved livelihoods of people in forest dependent areas, and c) enhanced contribution of forestry to the national economy.”

The TFF has four specific objectives:

  • Aligning ODA support more closely with the agreed priorities identified in the FSSP framework
  • Improving poverty targeting of ODA support to the forest sector, consistent with the CPRGS
  • Harmonizing aid delivery from ODA to the forest sector and reducing transaction costs on GoV
  • Supporting a transition towards a sector wide approach to ODA support in the forest sector

The TFF’s organizational structure

The organizational structure of the TFF consists of a Board of Directors (BoD) and a TFF Management Unit (TFF MU). The BoD is chaired by MARD’s Vice Minister responsible for the forest sector; members include leaders of MARD’s International Cooperation Department, Planning Department, Finance Department, representatives from other relevant departments of MARD together with a representative from TFF donors. The BoD performs an executive function and is responsible for decisions on operations, orientation and annual income and expenditure of the TFF.

The TFF Management Unit is responsible for managing and operating the TFF in accordance with the directions approved by the BoD. During the initial transition phase, the Forest Sector Support Partnership Coordination Office (FSSP CO) acts as the TFF MU. Beyond this, during a full implementation phase, it is intended that the TFF will be fully institutionalized within MARD.

Address: The Trust Fund for Forests (TFF)

Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development

3rd floor, A8 Building, 10 Nguyen Cong Hoan, Ba Dinh, Hanoi

Contact: Nguyen Chien Cuong (Mr.): Tel: 04 7629412, ext. 108

TFF financing

The Governments of Finland, Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland contribute non-refundable ODA funds to the TFF. Germanyprovides support through provision of technical assistance for development and operation of the TFF.

Funds provided by the four donors are un-earmarked allowing them to be used to support programs, projects and non-project activities to implement agreed priorities of the FDS. As of 31st December 2007 in total approximately Euro 13.5 million in un-earmarked commitments have been made by the donors for the transition phase. In addition Finland provides earmarked funds totalling Euro 4.2 million, which co-finance the Forest Sector Development Project.

Support from TFF

The TFF provides support in the form grants either as a sole donor or co-financier to programs, projects and non-project activities. By December 2007, 22 projects and activities had been endorsed for support from the TFF with a total value of Euro 29 million.

The TFF is able to support national organizations. During implementation of programs or projects, international NGOs and international organizations that are legally operating in Vietnam can participate as technical service providers to a national implementing agency.

The TFF is able to consider requests for funding on the basis of priorities identified by MARD and agreed by the BOD based on the implementation status of the Vietnam Forest Development Strategy (2006-2020) and the sectoral plans. In general one or more organisations can be pre-selected by MARD/TFF to prepare proposals to address such priorities.

Forest Sector Support Partnership

Introduction Forest Sector Support Partnership

Since 1999, the Forestry Partnership and the Government of Viet Nam have experienced 3 development phases: (i) Partnership for supporting 5 Million Hectares Reforestation Program (5MHRP), 1999-2001; (ii) Forest Sector Support Program and Partnership (FSSP&P), 2001-2006; and (iii) Forest Sector Support Partnership (FSSP or also called Forestry Partnership) from late 2006.

FSSP is aimed to have “An effective Forestry Partnership among government, private sector, non-governmental and international stakeholders contributes to implementation of the Viet Nam Forestry Development Strategy (2006 – 2020), by promoting information sharing, increasing policy dialogue and collaboration on important forest sector issues, and maximizing the effectiveness of the activities of the Partnership members aimed to support the forestry sector of Viet Nam.

In order to meet the objectives, FSSP has developed and put in place its institutional structure (Partnership forum, Partnership Steering Committee (PSC), Technical/ Executive Committee (TEC), Regional Forestry Networks (RFNs), FSSP Coordination Office (FSSPCO)), developed and utilized a range of instruments (annual review meetings, thematic workshop, Regional Forestry Network meeting, investment forum, thematic newsletters, FSSP website, FOMIS, thematic articles and publications on key issues in the Strategy or sectoral ones in reality, policy evaluation and economic – technical evaluation done by international and domestic experts, and participation in regional and international fora and initiatives).

As the result, Forest Sector Support Partnership has made substantial contributions recently with sectoral achievements reflecting in following aspects:

PSSP – An effective forum for information sharing and policy dialogue

FSSP has created plenty of fora, where Government of Viet Nam and international and domestic partners could exchange information on scientific technology, management, institutions and policies relating to forestry at national, regional and global scale. Through information sharing and policy dialogue fora, FSSP has definitely made remarkable contributions on important issues of the forest sector of Viet Nam, such as in development of Forest Protection and Development Law 2004, development and implementation of National Forestry Strategy 2001 – 2010, and Viet Nam Forestry Development Strategy 2006 – 2020, and other legal documents of the sector.

FSSP – Strengthening resource mobilization, coordination and cooperation in key fields of the sector

FSSP has played an important role in mobilizing resources for the sector and strengthening coordination and cooperation among partners, resulting in substantial contributions in improving resource utilization efficiency (including efficiency), it especially attracted concerns and resources of stakeholders, contributing to resolution of key issues in implementation of the sectoral strategy, e.g. supporting the steering committees of 5 key VFDS programs.

FSSP – Respond to newly emerging issues

Recently, FSSP has worked actively and flexibly to meet new requirements, especially in Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) and Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD). In addition, FSSP CO has been playing Secretariat role for REDD National Working Group and Network as well as Vietnam’s stakeholders in accessing support from regional and international initiatives, e.g. Asia Pacific Forestry Commission (APFC), National Forestry Programme (NFP), Asia Pacific Network for Sustainable Forest Management and Rehabilitation (APFNet).

The forest sector is under institutional restructuring process aimed at strengthening the sectoral governance and improving the effectiveness and comprehensiveness in forestry – based state administration. With the establishment of Directorate of Forestry (VNDoF) on the basis of reorganizing two forestry agencies, i.e. Department of Forestry and Forest Protection Department, the institutional and organizational structure of the sector will be changed accordingly and appropriately. Along with the mandate of maximizing significantly support for the sector, FSSP needs to change itself in terms of functions, operations and organizational structure to better support the forest sector in the coming time.

Beside that Viet Nam is going to become middle – income country at low level and facing global challenges on climate change, energy security, food security and biodiversity conservation, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and Partners agreed that FSSP will continue to play important roles contributing to the development and implementation of Viet Nam Forestry Development Strategy 2006-2020 especially in 2011-2015 period.

FSSP’s development orientation in 2011-2015 is to strengthen its contributions to the forest sector in 3 dimensions:

  • Firstly, FSSP’s policy dialogue will be improved with higher strategic level by focusing its priority on strategic issues of the sector, reviewing current policies and orientating development of appropriate policies.
  • Secondly, FSSP will expand its membership to private sector, profession associations, local NGOs so as to be better listening from and making full use of various experiences, contributions and proposals of such agencies towards VFDS implementation at national, regional and local levels.
  • Thirdly, FSSP will further improve the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) systems for (i) VFDS implementation; (ii) process and results of implementing conclusions, proposals and recommendations (from workshops, fora… under FSSP) for the forest sector in VFDS implementation; and (iii) FSSP activities.
Comment on the Draft 6 of Timber

Comment on the Draft 6 of Timber and Timber product legality definition and the Draft 3 of TLAS for VPA/FLEGT negotiation with EU

For next official VPA/FLEGT negotiation round between Viet Nam and EU, VNFOREST continues to call for comments on the Draft 6 of Timber and timber product legality definition and the Draft 3 of TLAS.

Comments should be sent before 28 February, 2013 to FLEGT and Lacey Standing Office, VNFOREST, MARD, 2 Ngoc Ha, Ba Dinh Ha Noi, fax: 04.38438793, or via email:

The Draft 6 of Timber and timber product legality definition
The Draft 3 of TLAS – Organizations
The Draft 3 of TLAS – Households

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List of Partnership Steering Committee members

List of Partnership Steering Committee members

List of Partnership Steering Committee members

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Hứa Đức Nhị Vice Minister, MARD 04.38436172
Juergen Hess Manager, Management of Natural Resources programme, GIZ 04.39329576 04.39329575
Phạm Văn Tấn Deputy Director, International Cooperation Department, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment 04.37735084 04.38352191
Đinh Ngọc Minh Deputy Director, Agriculture Economic Department, Ministry of Planning and Investment 04.38355310 04.38234716
Nguyễn Thị Hồng Yến Deputy Director, Department of Debt Management and International Finance, Ministry of Finance 04.22202828
Trần Kim Long Deputy Director, International Cooperation Department, MARD 04.38434682 04.37330752
Nguyễn Văn Hà Deputy Director, Department of Finance, MARD 04.37345865 04. 38237535
Phạm Xuân Thịnh Senior Specialist, Department of Planning, MARD 04.38432615 04.38233811
Nguyễn Nghĩa Biên Director, Department of Planning and Finance, Administratrion of Forestry, MARD 04.38439185
Hoàng My Lan Senior programme officer, SDC 04.93346627 04.39346633
Lê Thị Thu Hường Programme Coordinator, Finland Embassy 04. 3826 6788, ext: 213 04.3826 6766
Yuriko Shoji FAO Viet Nam Representative 04.39424208 04.39423257
Noriyoshi Kitamura Forestry Programme Advisior, JICA 04.38439120 04.38439120
Nguyễn Quang Tân National coordinator, RECOFTC Việt Nam 04.37264745 04.37264746
Ngô Thị Kim Yến PS-ARD management and support board, Helvetas 04.38431750 04.38431744
Trịnh Lê Nguyên Director, Pan Nature 04.35564001 04.35568941
Vũ Thị Hiền Director, CERDA 04.62690174 04.62690848
Nguyễn Tôn Quyền Vice President, General Secretary, VIFORES 04.62782122 04.37833016
Nguyễn Xuân Vỹ Hà Tĩnh forest protection sub-department, Northern Centre RFN 039.3857808 039.3858024
Lê Văn Minh Vice director, DARD Lâm Đồng, Central Highlands RFN 063.3831995 063.3828630
Nguyễn Bá Ngãi Director, FSSP CO 04.38438792 04.38438793

Forest Sector Supporet Partnership – Terms of Partnership Steering Committee (PSC)

This document constitutes the Terms of Reference describing main functions, tasks, institutional structure, rights and responsibilities, and mode of operations of the Partnership Steering Committee (PSC) for the period of 2011-2015.

Main Functions

PSC provides Chairman, Co-chair and MARD, Viet Nam Administration of Forestry with advisory ideas on strategic and key issues of the forest sector and VFDS implementation in certain period.


PSC will made decision on priority issues and topics for FSSP forum and provide guidance and monitor FSSP CO operations.

More specifically its responsibilities include:

  • PSC forms the principle forum to discuss and achieve increased harmonisation of policies and programs, effectiveness and efficiency in allocation of resources and sector monitoring, and thus assists MARD leaders, especially the Vice-Minister who is the FSSP Partnership Chair, in considering National Forest Strategy funding priorities and possible sources of support, and thereby identifies priority actions for the Partnership and suggests to the Partnership stakeholders the possibilities for a division of tasks among stakeholders;
  • Via the FSSP Coordination Office, PSC obtains feedback from, and provides guidance to the Forestry Regional Networks, any working groups established under the Partnership and any other relevant committees; and
  • PSC supervises and oversees the FSSP Coordination Office activities, including the reporting, annual work plans and budgets, and assigns tasks to the FSSP CO to help realise the PSC or Partnership objectives..

PSC is empowered to make decisions on the following issues:

  • Approve annual Work Plan of the FSSP CO and the Budget for the Partnership and CO operations, which are financed through the CO Trust Fund;
  • Approve the topics, agenda, and arrangements for the Partnership meetings;
  • Recommend to the Partnership priorities for sector support, with suggestions on how different stakeholders can provide support.

Institutional structure

Members of the Partnership Steering Committee may include:

  • PSC Chairman is FSSP Chairman (MARD Vice-Minister, VNFOREST Director General
  • PSC Co-chair is FSSP Co-chair (representative of international partners) working on rotation basis (one – year term)
  • Representatives from the Government of Viet Nam including 4 members from MARD (VNFOREST:1, International Cooperation Department:1, Planning Department: 2, Finance Department:1), 1 from MONRE, 1 from MPI, and 1 from Ministry of Finance
  • Donor representatives: 2-3
  • Representative of bilateral organizations: 1
  • Representative of Multilateral organizations: 1
  • Representative of international Non-Governmental Organizations (INGOs): 1
  • Representative of local NGOs: 1
  • Representative of enterprises and associations: 1
  • Regional Forestry Networks: 2
  • FSSP CO representative – cum secretary of PSC: 1

Rights and responsibilities

  • PSC Chairperson:The Vice-Minister will serve as the Chairperson of the PSC. As such, s/he is responsible for all PSC activities, maintaining the normal operations of PSC as promulgated in PSC TOR, and approval and signing of PSC documents. S/he can decide on the timing of the PSC meetings. At PSC meetings, s/he is in charge as Chairperson of the meetings, and gives the final conclusions at the end of the meetings. The Chairperson and Co-chairperson also have the right to decide about the application from international organisations that wish to become members, or signatories to the MOA. The PSC Chairperson is supported by the FSSP Coordination Office, the international Co-chairperson and all other PSC members.
  • PSC Co-Chairperson: The international Co-Chairperson of the Partnership will serve as the Co-chairperson of the PSC. As such, s/he assists the Chairperson with all PSC activities, maintaining the normal operations of PSC as promulgated in PSC TOR, and endorses PSC documents to be submitted to the Chairperson for final approval and signature. The PSC Co-Chairperson works closely with the PSC Chairperson, and is supported by the FSSP Coordination Office and all other PSC members.
  • PSC members: the central Government representatives are assigned by their institutions to participate in PSC. As such, they represent their institutions and do not serve in their personal capacity, and therefore serve as the liaison between the PSC and government departments. They should work actively to support the Partnership approach and to implement the National Forest Strategy.
  • The other Vietnamese PSC members represent national non-governmental organisations, private sector, or regional networks represent groups of stakeholders. As such, they are then selected by their respective groups, and represent the interests of the entire group. The representatives are expected to regularly consult with their members, and discuss relevant issues prior to PSC meetings.
  • The international PSC members are the international organisations that are signatories to the Memorandum of Agreement. An international organisation wishing to become a signatory to the MOA must submit a written application to the PSC Chairperson and Co-Chairperson, explaining their ongoing and planned activities to support the forest sector in Vietnam. The Chairperson and Co-Chairperson will have the right to decide about such applications. The international signatories will consult annually among themselves on the position of international Co-chairperson of the PSC.
  • All PSC members have responsibilities to participate actively in PSC meetings, prepare before meetings if needed, and give comments on PSC documents if required by PSC Chairperson. Each voting PSC member has rights to vote on PSC decisions.

Mode of Operations

PSC Meetings: PSC meets at least once every six months. The operations of PSC, however, will be maintained on a continuous basis rather than only limited to meetings. Extraordinary meetings can be called by the PSC Chairperson.

Formal Decision-Making: any decision to be made in PSC meetings should receive at least one more vote than 50% of the total voting members. FSSP CO is in charge of drafting meeting minutes stating the precise wording of the decision, the number of votes cast and whether or not the decision was carried. This resolution will be approved by signature of the chairperson or co-chair and circulated to all PSC members.

The functioning of PSC should be reviewed periodically in an annual review meeting and recommendations should be made to improve its efficiency.