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Sunday, 27. October 2013
Vietnam: Capacity building workshops for 2 sites – Selecting relevant indicators for Vietnam and the 2 sites and collecting data (related to component 5)

In cooperation with CIFOR, ForCES conducted the training workshop on monitoring environmental services with an introduction to impact evaluation from 18th to the 19th of July 2013 in Ha Noi. Twenty-two participants attended the training as representatives of Huong Son and Quang Tri pilot sites, VNFOREST, and WWF Vietnam. This workshop aimed to increase participants’ awareness and knowledge about the following topics: the importance of ecosystem system services monitoring; what indicators should be measured and monitored in each pilot site; how environmental services (ES) can be integrated in current forest management activities and methods in order to collect the data needed and to integrate a methodology of impact evaluation. During the training workshop, the participants worked in groups on how to apply the methods explained and how to integrate environmental services into the sustainable forest management plan in real and concrete situations and taking into account field-experiences from the pilot sites. Additionally, the trainees worked to practice how to develop the theory of change and the impact evaluation methodology through the theory of change. The training is the first base for starting the impact monitoring work in the sites.

From the 23rd to the 26th July 2013, two representatives of ForCES Vietnam (Mr. Khanh, field officer of WWF Vietnam, Ms. Nguyen Thi Hue, new project assistant of ForCES) attended the training on the Free Prior & Informed Consent (FPIC) FSC Guidelines in Charikot, Nepal. The training had an important practical component as it allowed participants to assess each of the ForCES project countries against the FPIC requirements, identify current compliance gaps and to be comfortable about the steps needed to coordinate the development of actions. Moreover, the participants focused on three main issues: who is the certificate holder; who are the right holders; and who requires FPIC from whom in the actual condition of each country. After the training, all documents were collected and training materials for FPIC training is being translated into Vietnamese in order to be used for preparing training materials in the pilot sites.

From the 4th to the 13th of August 2013, ForCES team supported experts of VNFOREST to organize a monitoring mission in the pilot sites. During this field visit, the team learned more about the certification models in Quang Tri and received practical inputs for developing the circular of sustainable forest management and certification standard, which will be enforced in the beginning of 2014.

From the 23rd to the 30th of August 2013, ForCES team conducted 5 workshops on Introduction to FSC certification and FSC certification for Ecosystem Service. This training was organized for 5 certification groups in Vinh Tu commune, (Vinh Linh district, Quang Tri province): Thuy Tu 1, Thuy Tu 2, Thuy Tu Phuong, Huynh Cong Tay and My Duyet. 148 villagers participated in the training workshops and 30% of the participants were women. Due to the workshop, both Vinh Tu commune’s staff and villagers involved in the activities of ForCES, became familiar with the ForCES project and the Forest Certification for Ecosystem Service. Afterwards these actors started implementing the certification model.