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.