Advancing Jurisdictional Sustainability in Vietnam, focusing on the Central Highlands Region


The EU REDD Facility, hosted by the European Forest Institute (EFI), was established in 2010 with the overarching goal of helping countries engaged in REDD+ to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation through improved land-use governance. Vietnam took the initiative to implement REDD+ through the approval of National REDD+ Action Plan (NRAP), which contributed to the commitment to increase forest cover to 45% in the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC). Despite this progress, Vietnam still faces challenges in its forest and land-use sector due to the deforestation and forest conversion into commercial agriculture region. Therefore, “jurisdictional sustainability” approach should be applied into practice as a potential solution to reduce deforestation and transition to sustainable production.

In this assignment, MDRI will provide support for EFI on the assessment of jurisdictional sustainability in Vietnam and implementation of the EU-funded “Integrated sustainable landscape management through deforestation-free jurisdiction project in Lam Dong and Dak Nong”. The primary objectives of this assignment include:

  • Support stakeholders in the development of a jurisdictional sustainability framework and an
    associated monitoring system in Vietnam, focusing on the Central Highlands region
  • Support stakeholders’ engagement in land‐use planning in at least one subnational jurisdiction (provisionally a district in Lam Dong) with training and further analysis of alternative planning choices to inform stakeholder participation
  • Support stakeholders in the development of public and private land‐use investment tracking system

Main tasks:

  • Conduct desk review to identify gaps in forest-risk commodities production in Vietnam (coffee, rubber, pepper) and assess the feasibility for a subnational jurisdictional approach
  • Develop definition of jurisdictional sustainability, and a set of indicators to assess and monitor the sustainability of commodity production at the subnational level
  • Pilot the testing and data collection on sustainability indicators in Lam Dong and Dak Nong
  • Disseminate the results of the testing to relevant stakeholders at the national, and subnational levels
  • Support stakeholders engaged in land‐use planning Lam Dong with training
  • Organise the consultation with stakeholders and propose a scope and methodology for public and private land‐use investment mapping in Lam Dong and Dak Nong
  • Pilot mapping of public and private land‐use finance investments in Lam Dong and Dak Nong
  • Coordinate capacity‐building for periodic land‐use finance tracking


2021 – 2023