Viet Nam Receives US$51.5 Million WB Payment For Reducing Emissions

9:46:40 AM | 3/25/2024

Viet Nam has received a US$51.5 million payment for verified emissions reductions for reducing deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) and for enhancing carbon stored in forests through reforestation and afforestation.

The nation is the first country in the East Asia Pacific region to receive a results-based payment from the World Bank (WB)'s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF).

The payment was made to Viet Nam for reducing 10.3 million tons of carbon emissions between February 1, 2018 and December 31, 2019. It is the largest single payment to date made by the FCPF for verified and high integrity carbon credits.

The payment will benefit 70,055 forest owners and 1,356 communities near the forest, to be distributed according to a robust benefit sharing plan designed through a consultative, participatory, and transparent process.

"The success of this REDD+ program brings Viet Nam closer to delivering on our ambitious Nationally Determined Contributions under the Paris Agreement, while protecting areas of vital importance to biodiversity conservation," said Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Le Minh Hoan.

Viet Nam is already generating emission reductions in excess of the volume contracted with the FCPF, and can sell the credits to third party buyers through bilateral agreements or carbon markets. The country can also use the excess credits to fulfill its Nationally Determined Contributions or retire them, which is a net climate benefit.

"This landmark payment marks another step for Viet Nam towards joining the global carbon credit market and opens a new opportunity to finance the country's ambitious climate commitments and targets," said WB Country Director for Viet Nam Carolyn Turk.

Viet Nam's emission reduction program protects most of the country's tropical forests, covering 3.1 million of the 5.1 million hectares of land in the program area. These forests are of significant ecological importance, encompassing five internationally recognized conservation corridors.

The area is also home to 12 percent of Viet Nam's population, including 13 ethnic minority groups and many forest-dependent communities. Almost one-third of people in the region live below the national poverty line.

Through improved forest management, investment in the forest sector, and enhancement of agricultural policies, the program is increasing both the extent and quality of forest cover in collaboration with local communities.

Source: VGP