Vietnam will continue to participate in projects of the UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (UN-REDD), said a senior official.

Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Pham Khoi Nguyen made the commitment while meeting with UN-REDD Director Yern Katerere on the sidelines of the 15th UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, on Dec. 12.

Nguyen spoke highly of UN-REDD’s grant of 4.5 million USD to support Vietnam ’s efforts in improving the forestry sector’s capacity and planting 5 million hectares of forest.

The minister said Vietnam needs more assistance from UN-REDD and other international organisations in afforestation and forest management which are considered as one of the nation’s major tasks in realising the National Target Programme on Climate Change.

Katerere applauded Vietnam’s cooperation and participation in UN-REDD projects and pledged to help the country seek more funding in this field in the coming time.

Vietnam is one of nine countries around the world chosen by UN-REDD to carry out its project on a trial basis. The country plans to set up a UN-REDD network across the country following the test period, which requires up to 12 million USD./.