Project Title: Vietnam Forests and Deltas (VFD)
The USAID Vietnam Forests and Deltas Program supports Vietnam’s transition to resilient, sustainable development. The first phase of the program (2012-2018) helped put national policies and strategies into practice to respond to environmental change, with a focus on the forestry and agriculture sectors, disaster risk reduction, and strengthening livelihoods. Beginning in 2018, the program’s second phase focuses on supporting the Government of Vietnam (GVN) to ensure that the payment for forest environmental services (PFES) system—a critical component of forest programs in Vietnam—is an effective tool in accomplishing the country’s environmental and socio-economic goals.
“The services that forests provide – in terms of reducing the impacts of climate change and sequestering carbon – those benefits start to expand beyond just the individuals in the households who are living in that forest. We all are actually benefiting from PFES all over the world.” Winrock’s Brian Bean explains how the Payment for Forest Environmental Services system in Vietnam allows beneficiaries of forest environmental services, like hydrological protection for watersheds and waterways, to pay into a fund that is distributed to forest owners to financially reward them for their work to protect and support forestland growth.