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 worked through the REDD-PAC project , on spatial analysis to support REDD+ multiple benefits planning in Viet Nam. UNEP-WCMC in partnership with SNV, have been working with collaborators from Green Field Consulting and Development, Research Centre for Forest Ecology and Environment, and the Centre for Natural Resources and Environmental Studies, Viet Nam to carry 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 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. Please note this report contains an update to Map 2 and associated text but this does not affect the subsequent analysis.