EventsKatoomba XVII - Hanoi
Taking the Lead: Payments for Ecosystem Services in Southeast Asia
Hanoi, Vietnam


MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT (MARD) is the governmental agency in Vietnam performing state management functions in the fields of agriculture, forestry, salt production, irrigation / water services and rural development nationwide, including state management functions with regard to delivery of public service and management of the State’s ownership of rural state owned enterprises in accordance with legal documents

MINISTRY OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENT (MONRE) is the government body in Vietnam exercising the function of state administration in the fields of: water resources; mineral resources; geology; environment; hydrometeorology, survey and mapping; integrated and unified management of seas and islands, and state administration of public services in sectors administered by the Ministry.

FOREST TRENDS is an international non-profit organization that works to expand the value of forests to society; to promote sustainable forest management and conservation by creating and capturing market values for ecosystem services; to support innovative projects and companies that are developing these markets; and to enhance the livelihoods of local communities living in and around those forests.

THE KATOOMBA GROUP seeks to address key challenges for developing markets for ecosystem services, from enabling legislation to the establishment of new market institutions, to strategies of pricing and marketing, and performance monitoring. It seeks to achieve the goal through strategic partnerships for analysis, information-sharing, investment, market services and policy advocacy. The Katoomba Group includes over 180 experts and practitioners from around the world representing a unique range of experience in business finance, policy, research and advocacy.

UNITED STATES AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (USAID) promotes peace and stability by fostering economic growth, protecting human health, providing emergency humanitarian assistance, and enhancing democracy in developing countries. These efforts to improve the lives of millions of people worldwide represent U.S. values and advance U.S. interests for peace and prosperity.

WINROCK INTERNATIONAL is a nonprofit organization that works with people in the United States and around the world to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity, and sustain natural resources.  Winrock is implementing the Asia Regional Biodiversity Conservation program, a regional initiative working to improve biodiversity conservation and natural resources management in SE Asia and the Greater Mekong Subregion. ARBCP supports partner countries to pilot PES and other sustainable finance approaches.


THE ROYAL NORWEGIAN EMBASSY IN HANOI, Vietnam and Norway established diplomatic relations on 25 November 1971 and Norway opened an Embassy in Hanoi in 1996. The Embassy is also covering Norway’s bilateral relations with the Lao People’s Democratic Republic. 

THE MACARTHUR FOUNDATION supports creative people and effective institutions committed to building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. In addition to selecting the MacArthur Fellows, the Foundation works to defend human rights, advance global conservation and security, make cities better places, and understand how technology is affecting children and society.


GENERATION is an independent, private, owner-managed partnership with offices in London, New York and Sydney. The firm was co-founded in 2004 by Al Gore and David Blood. Generation manages $6bn in institutional funds and invests in public and private companies globally that are part of the solution to the World’s sustainability challenges. Generation's vision is to embed mainstream sustainability into the capital markets, and their core values reflect a commitment to responsible citizenship. 

MANGROVES FOR THE FUTURE (MFF) is a partnership-based initiative to promote investment in coastal ecosystems. It is assisting eight focal countries (India, Indonesia, Maldives, Pakistan Seychelles, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Viet Nam), plus several outreach countries, in partnership with the United Nations and IUCN, NGOs, donor agencies and the private sector.  MFF provides a unique regional platform for Integrated Coastal Management (ICM), using mangroves as the entry point and focus.

THE WORLD AGROFORESTRY CENTRE – ICRAF SEA is coordinating a project that is piloting action researches and analyzing mechanisms for Rewards, Use and shared investment in Pro-poor Environmental Services schemes (RUPES Phase II) in Asia. The RUPES II is a four year program, from 2008 to 2012, mainly supported by the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD). RUPES is working on six countries in Asia: China, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Nepal, and Vietnam, and initiating rewards for environmental services schemes in Cambodia and Thailand. 

 CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL FORESTRY RESEARCH (CIFOR) was established in 1993 and is based in Bogor, Indonesia. CIFOR’s vision is of a world in which forests remain high on the world’s political agenda, and people recognize the real value of forests for maintaining livelihoods and ecosystems services. In CIFOR’s vision, decision-making that affects forests is based on solid science and principles of good governance, and reflects the perspectives of developing countries and forest-dependent people.


GTZ plus German Cooperation

THE DEUTSCHE  GESELLSCHAFT FÜR  TECHNISCHE ZUSAMMENARBEIT (GTZ)  is a federally owned organisation. We work worldwide in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. Our mandate is to support the German Government in achieving its development objectives. Most of our activities are commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). We also operate on behalf of other German ministries, the governments of other countries and international clients as well as on behalf of private companies

TROPENBOS INTERNATIONAL (TBI) is a non-governmental organization (NGO) based in the Netherlands that works to improve tropical forest management for the benefit of people, conservation and sustainable development and aims to make sound and adequate information available to forest actors in the partner countries for use in formulating appropriate policies and managing tropical forest lands for conservation and sustainable development.


RAINFOREST ALLIANCE works with people whose livelihoods depend on the land, helping them transform the way they grow food, harvest wood and host travelers. From large multinational corporations to small, community-based cooperatives, we involve businesses and consumers worldwide in our efforts to bring responsibly produced goods and services to a global marketplace where the demand for sustainability is growing steadily.

STICHTING NEDERLANDSE VRIJWILLIGERS (SNV), Netherlands Development Organization, is an international development organization of Dutch origin with over 40 years of experience. SNV currently works in 32 countries supporting national and local actors within government, civil society and the private sector to find and implement local solutions to social and economic development challenges.


ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK (ADB) is an international development finance institution whose mission is to help its developing member countries reduce poverty and improve the quality of life of their people. Headquartered in Manila, and established in 1966, ADB is owned and financed by its 67 members, of which 48 are from the region and 19 are from other parts of the globe. Under Strategy 2020, a long-term strategic framework adopted in 2008, ADB will follow three complementary strategic agendas: inclusive growth, environmentally sustainable growth, and regional integration.


MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE, NATURE AND FOOD QUALITY, NETHERLANDS strives for safe, responsibly produced food and a living countryside. The Ministry involves citizens, industry, social organisations and the government to provide healthy food while maintaining a respect for people, the environment and all of its living organisms. They have respect for a diverse, thriving natural world and a splendid landscape that people will be able to enjoy both now and in the future, and respect for a strong agrarian economy that is internationally successful. They do that by stimulating innovation and by providing financial support, steering, supervising and proposing regulations.

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