Hanoi, 24th July 2018, a technical meeting was held in the in Viet Nam Forest Fund between the representatives of MAM project (Mangroves and Markets: Scaling up Ecosystem-Based Adaptation in the Mekong Delta) and the key leaders of Vietnam Forest Protection and Development Fund (VNFF). The meeting drew the attention of Dr. Nguyen Ba Ngai (Deputy Director General of Vietnam Administration of Forestry, Director of VNFF), Mr. Pham Hong Luong (Director of Planning and Finance department of VNF), Mr. Le Van Thanh (Deputy Director of VNFF), Ms. Nguyen Bich Thuy (MAM project manager) and other participants.
During the meeting, MAM project presented pilot implementation of a voluntary Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) mechanism in Ca Mau and also recommendations to provide inputs to the draft Government Decree for the implementation of new Vietnam Forestry Law (Nov, 2017) in the aspect of ecosystem services in aquaculture.
The outcomes of the meeting were highly appreciated by the participants and other related departments of the Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development. MAM project’s pilot from 2013-2018 has provided evidences for PES’s mechanism that identified service providers as mangrove - shrimp farmers and payers as processing company who contracting farmers for buying mangrove shrimp for markets. The project also supplies scientific and legal bases for this payment mechanism under Vietnam Forestry Law (Nov, 2017). Some other recommendations condensed by project policy consultants were also put into the MARD’s draft decree.
This Government Decree on Forestry Law will set principle bases for forestry development towards sustainability. In which, payment for forest ecosystem services is an innovative approach that captures conservation and incentives for sustainable development that the MAM’s project has been targeted. The MAM project supports mangrove restoration and protection in the Mekong Delta in Vietnam, while strengthening the livelihoods and resilience of smallholder shrimp farmers and their families. MAM-II started in 2016 and will continue until 2020.