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Environment support from Germany and Australia

Released at: 09:46, 30/07/2015

Environment support from Germany and Australia

Two countries provide $14.22 million to assist Vietnam in the conservation and sustainable use of forests and coastal ecosystems.

by Do Huong

Mr. Tran Kim Long, Director of the International Cooperation Department at the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), and Ms. Kirsten Hegener and Mr. Christian Henckes, Deputy Directors of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, have signed implementation agreements for two new Technical Cooperation programs: the Program on the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Forest Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Vietnam (the Bio-Forest Program), and Phase II of the Integrated Coastal Management Program (ICMP Phase II).

Both programs are funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) with reciprocal funding from the Vietnamese Government.

The ICMP is co-financed by the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). The two programs reflect the common commitment of the Governments of Vietnam, Germany and Australia towards sustainable development and will complement the ongoing Technical and Financial Cooperation programs in the sector. Technical Cooperation programs supported by the German Government provide direct input in the form of expert advice to develop the capacities of people, organizations, networks, and societies.

The Bio-Forest Program aims to create important prerequisites for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and ecosystem services of forests at the national level and thereby contribute to the implementation of Vietnam’s Green Growth Strategy. The program will focus on improving the relevant legal framework, strengthening institutional capacities, and implementing international initiatives.

The total budget for the program is up to $6 million, of which $5.4 million comes from Germany and $496,743 from the Vietnamese Government. The program is being jointly implemented by GIZ and Vietnam’s Department of Nature Conservation (DONC) under MARD from 2015 to 2018.

The objective of the ICMP Phase II is to enhance institutional, financial and planning capacities to promote climate-resilient development in the Mekong Delta. The program builds on the practical solutions for climate change adaptation implemented by local communities and authorities in the Delta with support coming of the German and Australian Governments since 2007. These include the rehabilitation of mangroves, the protection of coastal forests, and the development of alternative income opportunities and farming practices for local communities.

The ICMP applies a multi-sector approach involving a number of provinces and ministries. It is being jointly implemented by the GIZ, the Management Board for Forestry Projects at MARD, as well as the Departments of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) and the Provincial People’s Committees of five Mekong Delta provinces (An Giang, Bac Lieu, Ca Mau, Kien Giang, and Soc Trang). ICMP Phase II will run until August 2017 with a budget of up to $9.7 million, of which $5.4 million is from Germany, $3.8 million from the Australian Government, and $883,000 from the Vietnamese Government.

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