USAID Helps Advance Vietnam to the Next Level of its Journey to Self Reliance in the Natural Resource Management Sector

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Over the last 10 years, USAID has been supporting Vietnam to develop and implement its national Payment for Forest Environmental Services (PFES) system. Through the PFES system, downstream forest’s service users, including hydropower companies, pay upstream communities for protecting watersheds so that those companies have stable water supply to produce electricity. Since 2011, PFES has generated more than $500 million, which has been paid to thousands of upstream households to protect forests in 44 provinces.

In order to understand the impact of these payments on forests and communities, over the past year USAID’s Vietnam Forests and Deltas Program (VFD) and the Vietnam Forest Protection and Development Fund (VNFF) have developed a comprehensive monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system. In November 2019, VFD successfully rolled out a new web-based M&E platform and trained 50 technical staff from the Lam Dong, Thanh Hoa, and Son La provinces to input 2019 PFES data and use the platform. Developed in partnership with Microsoft and based on input from provincial officers, the platform allows PFES managers to generate automated reports with the click of a button and access data to analyze the impacts of PFES. VFD and VNFF are now working together to finalize M&E guidelines that standardize M&E practices across the 44 PFES provinces. It is expected to be deployed nationwide in 2020.

So What? This improved M&E system, together with the approximately $120 million of domestic resources mobilized annually through the PFES system, will help Vietnam to more effectively manage their natural resources, thereby helping advance Vietnam to the next level of self-reliance in the natural resource management sector.  

Last updated: January 03, 2020

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