Carbon, biodiversity & ecosystem services:
exploring co-benefits

Viet Nam

In an initiative supported by the UN-REDD Programme, UNEP-WCMC has been working with Vietnam to supports its goal of attaining ecosystem-derived multiple benefits from forests. To date, two guidance documents have been produced. Ecosystem services from new and restored forests: tool development, provides a basis for estimating the probable impacts of different approaches to forest creation on biodiversity, water provision, soil conservation and non-timber forest products. Methods for assessing and monitoring change in the ecosystem-derived benefits of afforestation, reforestation and forest restoration summarises the steps needed to design a system to assess and monitor change in ecosystem services resulting from afforestation, reforestation and forest restoration projects or programmes in Vietnam.

The collaboration with Vietnam under the UN-REDD Programme continues and options to take this work further are being explored.

UNEP-WCMC has also been working through the REDD-PAC project , on spatial analysis to support REDD+ multiple benefits planning in Viet Nam. UNEP-WCMC in partnership with SNV, and collaborators from Green Field Consulting & Development, Research Centre for Forest Ecology & Environment and the Centre for Natural Resources & Environmental Studies, Viet Nam, have carried out an initial spatial analysis to explore biodiversity benefits and risks from REDD+ in Viet Nam. Mapping indicators of the potential for multiple benefits, such as biodiversity conservation value, can help in REDD+ planning, informing the selection of locations for REDD+ activities. The report "Mapping the potential for REDD+ to deliver biodiversity conservation in Viet Nam: A preliminary analysis" (English version, Vietnamese version) provides worked examples showing how multiple benefits can be incorporated into spatial planning for REDD+ at the national level in the specific case of Viet Nam. The maps illustrating this summary report were selected from a series of over 40 maps produced by the study. The maps presented here are made available to national and international stakeholders for immediate use in planning for REDD+ demonstration activities at the sub-national level. It is hoped that the example maps presented here stimulate further analysis in support of Viet Nam's National REDD+ Action Progamme.