Increasing people’s participation and strengthening measures to promote transparency while identifying responsibilities of reporting and preventing corruption are key solutions to the effective implementation of programmes for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in developing countries (REDD+).

This was the major focus of a conference co-organised by Lam Dong People’s Committee and Bidoup Nui Ba National Park in coordination with the Towards Transparency organisation, on May 8 in Da Lat city of the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong .

The conference highlighted the idea of strengthening preventive anti-corruption measures in the REDD mechanism (PAC REDD) as well as the positive impacts of publicity and transparency in the REDD process.

Launched by Transparency International and funded by Norway , PAC REDD is running in Indonesia , Papua New Guinea and Vietnam .

REDD is an effort to reduce emissions in an effective, speedy and economical manner, which benefits participants. REDD+ goes beyond deforestation and forest degradation, and includes the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks.

In Vietnam , REDD+ has been run in three periods in many provinces such as Dien Bien, Lam Dong and Mekong Delta provinces, and financed by various countries.

Lam Dong province has launched three REDD programmes funded by Norway , the UK and USAID.-VNA