MFF in Vietnam

Vietnam became a full member of MFF in January 2010. While not affected by the 2004 tsunami, Vietnam’s long and densely populated coast is vulnerable to storms, flooding, and other natural disasters. It also has long experience preparing against and responding to natural disasters, including large-scale mangrove replanting.

In Vietnam, MFF activities are overseen by the multi-stakeholder National Coordinating Body (NCB), which includes representatives from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE), Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), Hanoi National University of Education, local NNGOs (CRES, MERC), international NGOs (WWF, CARE), and international organizations (UNDP, FAO, IUCN). In Vietnam, IUCN serves as the Secretariat to the NCB.

Vietnam National Strategy and Action Plan

The NCB has overseen preparation of the National Strategy and Action Plan (NSAP). The purpose of the NSAP is to assist MFF in identifying, designing, and planning activities in Vietnam over the period 2011-2013. The NSAP is a living document subject to change in response to new opportunities in the conservation, restoration and sustainable management of coastal ecosystems.

Geographic coverage
The NSAP does not recommend specific provinces, but presents criteria for consideration in prioritizing site-based activities. It provides guidance for interventions at two geographical scales: national and sub-national.

Programmes of work and alignment with ongoing initiatives and priorities
The NSAP presents strategic entry points for MFF in Vietnam, starting with opportunities to mainstream MFF into national policies, plans, and programmes, followed by a prioritization of MFF’s 15 Programmes of Work (PoWs) and priority actions. Cross-cutting issues of climate change, gender, private sector engagement, fund raising, and communications are briefly considered.

The NSAP identifies seven PoWs as priorities for Vietnam. Three (PoW 1 - improved knowledge base; PoW 11 - ICM; and PoW 10 - sustainable financing) focus on national level interventions and four on sub-national activities (PoW 2 -coastal rehabilitation; PoW 8 - sustainable livelihoods; PoW 9 - community resilience; and PoW 14 - adaptive management). The overriding role for MFF during this initial period is to serve as a learning network and information clearing house. Target audiences for this network are sub-national (particularly provincial) decision makers.

MFF is financed principally by Norad and Sida with substantial contributions from its core partners and from the private sector. By demonstrating the high economic and social returns from investing in coastal ecosystems, MFF partners expect the scope of the initiative to keep growing, especially through public and private sector partnerships. MFF will continue to seek co-financing opportunities that build on current or planned projects to maximize their positive outcomes.

Priority actions: Small Grant Facility and Medium-sized Grant Facility

Small Grant Facility (SGF)
The SGF supports community-based coastal ecosystems rehabilitation and management projects in one or more of the following areas:

  • Build local capacity to implement sustainable development strategies and enhance local ownership.
  • Raise public awareness of environmental issues.
  • Address livelihood, climate change, and gender concerns.
  • Demonstrate potential for replication and co-financing.
  • Create an impact on policy at national and provincial levels.

Proposals can be submitted by NGOs, Community Based Organizations (CBOs), research centers, and educational institutions operating in Vietnam that meet the following criteria:

  • Are registered, preferably for at least three years.
  • Have a proven or strong potential capacity to implement community-based projects.
  • Have a proven record of working with local communities in a participatory way.
  •  Can demonstrate experience in project management and financial administration.

Medium-sized Grant Facility (MGF)

Thematic focus
The thematic scope of MGF projects comprises four priority PoWs described in the NSAP. These are: coastal rehabilitation, sustainable livelihoods, community resilience and adaptive management. MGF projects support more than one PoW either directly or in a strong cross-cutting manner as well as include provisions for direct policy advocacy and pilot intervention mainstreaming at both national and sub-national levels.

Proposals can be submitted by eligible organizations and agencies with operations in Vietnam that meet the following criteria:

  • Are registered, preferably for at least three years.
  • Have a proven or strong capacity in formulating and implementing projects related to ICM.
  • Have a track record of working with government and NGOs as well as local communities in a participatory way.
  • Can demonstrate experience in project management and financial administration.