REM capacity building

Training workshop in Independent Forest Monitoring

In December 2014, REM participated to a a training workshop on Independent Forest Monitoring organised in Vietnam by the network of Vietnamese Non-governmental organisations in Forest Law, Enforcement, Governance and Trade (VNGO-FLEGT).

Forest exploitation in Vietnam

According to a 2005 report conducted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Vietnam has the second highest rate of deforestation of primary forests in the world.

However, regarding total forest cover, Vietnam has undergone a forest transition: its forest cover has increased since the early 1990s, after decades of deforestation.[*]

As of 2005, 12,931,000 hectares (the equivalent of 39.7% of Vietnam's land cover) was forested, although only 85,000 hectares (0.7% of the land cover) was primary forest, the most biodiverse form of forest.

Introducing mandated and non mandated Independent Forest Monitoring

Thời gian 2 ngày (9-10/12/2014)
Địa điểm Thành phố Ninh Bình
Mục đích i) Cung cấp các kiến thức cơ bản về Giám sát rừng độc lập và Giám sát độc lập trong bối cảnh VPA cho các thành viên mạng lưới, và ii) Thảo luận về khả năng áp dụng Giám sát rừng độc lập vào bối cảnh Việt
Nam và vai trò của CSOs trong giám sát độc lập VPA tại Việt Nam
Giảng viên chính Bà Valerie Vauthier - Tổ chức Giám sát Khai thác tài nguyên (REM)
Đồng giảng viên Bà Vũ Thị Bích Hợp – Giám đốc trung tâm SRD, trưởng BĐH Mạng lưới
Thành phần Khoảng 30 người, bao gồm thành viên mạng lưới VNGO-FLEGT, cán bộ địa phương liên quan tới lâm nghiệp tại các tỉnh dự kiến triển khai thí điểm giám sát rừng độc lập

Thuyết trình Powerpoint - Valerie Vauthier, REM:

  1. Các cơ chế giám sát rừng độc lập tại các quốc gia đã ký VPA - kinh nghiệm thực tiễn: Giám sát độc lập về Thực thi lâm luật và Quản trị rừng (IM FLEG)
  2. Tổng quan về Giám sát rừng độc lập: Giám sát rừng (giám sát chính thức và không chính thức)


Ms. Vu Thi Bich Hop, Chairwoman of the Board of Management delivered the opening remark

From December 09 to December 12, 2014, with financial support from the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), FERN and technical support from Resource Extraction Monitoring (REM), the VNGO-FLEGT Network had organized a training workshop on Independent Forest Monitoring (IFM) in Yen Nhi Hotel, Tam Coc – Bich Dong, Ninh Binh city. The workshop attracted more than 40 participants, who represented VNGO-FLEGT member organizations, local forestry experts and cadres.

IFM is a process required by the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA), currently being negotiated between the Vietnamese government and the European Union. As it is still a new concept for most Vietnamese NGOs and CSOs, the tasks of building independent monitoring capacity and designing feasible IFM strategies are therefore essential to the success of VNGO-FLEGT. In this training workshop, the participants listened to the presentations given by Ms. Valerie Vauthier, Director of REM and IM-FLEG expert. Her presentations explored the concepts of formal and informal IFM and drew on REM’s experiences of providing technical support to NGOs/CSOs and implementing IFM in VPA countries in Africa.

Additionally, the trainees also had the chance to learn from the experiences of Vietnamese experts, who gave comprehensive presentations about the methods and knowledge applicable for the implementation of IFM in Vietnam. Based on the knowledge gained from these presentations, the trainees were asked to participate in brainstorms and group discussion to draft initial plans for assessing the possibility of and carrying out informal IFM’s pilot project in Vietnam’s provinces.

After two days of intensive training and many constructive discussions, the training workshop resulted in a better understanding about IFM among member organizations of VNGO-FLEGT Network. In the next step, VNGO-FLEGT plans to complete the IFM implementation plans in six provinces which were drafted at the end of the workshop and conduct field missions to study the prospect of IFM in Vietnam’s provinces.

The agenda, presentations, and other documents of the workshop can be accessed here