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REDD+ in Quang Binh, Vietnam
Jan / 2011 to Feb / 2014

In 2011, after having completed the REDD+ pilot financed by TIDES in another province, GIZ expressed interest in supporting them and their local counterparts to set up a Buffer Zone Development Plan for the Phong Nha Khe Bang National Park in Quang Binh Province, Vietnam. The park is a UNESCO World Heritage site to protect world's two largest karst regions with 300 caves and grottoes and also protects the ecosystem of limestone forest of the Annamite Range region in North Central Coast of Vietnam. The project’s overall goal is “Contribution to the conservation of the Northern Annamite Region, its biodiversity and ecological services in close relation with a sustainable socio-economic development“ and more specifically: “Reduction of the pressure on the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park (PNKB NP) and amelioration of the legal income of the target groups living the park region.” 
CartONG was supporting the elaboration of the spatial component of the conservation-oriented socio-economic development master plan for PNKB NP bufferzone until 2020 and with the vision until 2030, more concretely to assess available spatial data, ensure sufficient data is collected and to produce a set of thematic maps depicting the current situation around the following aspects: base map, population density and resettlement, poverty, physical infrastructure, economic promotion, health services, education services, agricultural production and irrigation, land use zones, forestry and NTFP (Non Timber Forest Products), main development potentials, development priorities.





In 2012, CartONG was involved in compiling a well-structured documentation of the process of BZDP elaboration by (i) reviewing/compiling information about the whole process of BZDP of PNKB NP for necessary lessons learnt, providing respective recommendations for the use and implementation of the plans by different stakeholders; (ii) fine-tuning the BZDP steps and procedures for sharing empirical exercise on the practical linkages of nature conservation objectives with the socio-economic development needs to outside of the project as well as for the purpose of continued application in the PNKB buffer zone in the future; and (iii) serving as guidance for future plan update by government institutions and as blueprint for future knowledge transfer to other Protected Areas in nationwide and regions. It also involved documenting the beginning of REDD+ scoping activities, assess the spatial data especially available images and assist in drawing up Terms of Reference and Principal Steps for technical REDD Service providers



In 2013, CartONG again deployed to Vietnam various times; this time backstopping and supporting the overall process of evaluating the REDD+ potential by assessing carbon stocks and establishing a reference level.This required documenting the steps, support the elaboration of a road map and verify technical deliverables from project partners. The JNR feasibility assessment report resulting from the efforts of all stakeholders was finalized in March 
2014 and can be downloaded here.



GoogleREDD project for sustainable forest management (Vietnam)

GoogleREDD is a project run by CartONG and GIZ in Vietnam investigating sustainable forest management options for ethnic minorities in the Central Highlands region in the context of the United Nations’ Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation of forests in Developing countries programme.

After being responsible for the thematic and spatial component of the buffer zone development plan for buffer zone communities of the Phon Kha Khe Bang national park in 2011, CartONG was requested in 2012 to document the whole process, analyze it and elaborate a step by step guideline. A side aspect was also to describe potential REDD+ activities and assist in kick-starting the process.

GoogleREDD is a project run by CartONG and GIZ in Vietnam investigating sustainable forest management options for ethnic minorities in the Central Highlands region in the context of the United Nations’ Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation of forests in Developing countries programme.

The main goal of the project is the deforestation of witness zones mapping with forest technicians from GIZ and local community. This mapping shows gains and loss of forest. But the project was also including different elements:

-        Awareness to deforestation project

-        Training to information collection techniques in order to conduct forest inventories to set up a model of carbon stock and enable an exchange of local authorities’ national experiences.

This REDD project is a replication of numerous project of carbon stock measure that are done across the world. In order to complete successfully this project a steady field work was needed and enable quantification –thanks to different methods – of samplings and in situ statements of wood volumes but also analysis of the forest cover thanks to remote sensing.

The results’ sharing has been done with collaboration and geographic visualisation Google tools.

The main goal of the project is to back vietnameese governement ine the REDD project  (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation). 

The latest consists in displaying deforestation rates for two pilot municipality in Central Highlands in Viet-Nam. The use of satellite imagery or aerial photographs enable one to provide accurate area measures. However, forest and ecosystem are very varied and calculation of carbon's stock in forest depends on types of forest. Thus, the project is to realize forest inventories on field with local communities.

Carbon's stocks are calculated through the development of suitable models.
This project - supported by Google.org - is integrated into the sustainable forest management one of GIZ's programs.
Steps' of the project :
1. Mapping of gain and loss of forest
2. Awareness to deforestation
3. Updating progress in Viet-Nam
4. Stakeholders' training for mapping and forest inventories
5. Setting up a model of carbon's stock and exchange of national experiences of local communities. More information on the  blog.

In this project CartONG is supported by  Planet Action (donation of ENVI license and test of Icognition) as well as with satellite imagery.

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