1. In Cambodia, a desk-based study is being carried out to identify the need for a biodiversity assessment and the methodology to support the strategic spatial plan for the biodiversity corridors.
In Lao PDR, at the strategic level, a team has completed the first phase of the biodiversity assessment to identify critical habitats for restoration. The second phase started in March 2015 to design restoration interventions in two critical gaps in the biodiversity corridors in Sekong and Attapeu provinces. Camera traps will be installed. At the village level, land use plans for 67 villages have been completed.
In Viet Nam, on 10 July 2014, the Prime Minister agreed on a proposal on piloting, planning, and management of biodiversity corridors. This important document allows MONRE to prepare and issue regulations and guidelines on the piloting of biodiversity corridors in the project provinces. Participatory village land-use planning has been completed and approved for 35 project communes.
2. In Cambodia, a pilot nursery is being established, community based patrolling groups are being organized. Over 300ha of forest planting and enhancement have been completed.
In Lao PDR, 67 patrolling teams have been established. 9 nurseries have been established and 57,000 seedlings for planting in home gardens and village forest areas have been provided. A four-year forest planting plan has been developed.
In Viet Nam, guidelines on community forest management and forest planting have been developed; 5 nurseries have been established (one in Quang Nam, two in Quang Tri, and four in Thua Thien Hue).; and 77 home gardens and 8 vegetable demonstration farms have been established. Community Forest Management (CFM) sites are under definition with initial pilots proposed at Ca Dy commune with about 2,000 ha in Quang Nam province, Huong Phung with 500 ha in Quang Tri province, and Hong Trung with 93 ha in Thua Thien Hue province. Based on the results of the participatory village land-use plans, a forest planting plan was completed with estimates of seedlings per village per year.
3. In Lao PDR, infrastructure design consultants are being recruited. Village Development Funds have been established for all 68 project villages in Lao PDR. A livelihood strategy has been prepared and implementation has started.
In Viet Nam, rules and regulations for commune development funds have been completed and approved. Training has been provided for readiness of the implementation of the commune development funds. Consultants for infrastructure design and supervision have been recruited and infrastructure subprojects have been identified for all three project provinces. The first feasibility study of a subproject in Quang Tri has been approved.
4. In Cambodia, Central Project Coordination Units (CPCUs) were established in the Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. Provincial Project Implementation Units have been established in Koh Kong and Mondulkiri provinces. As the result of the midterm review in December 2014, a revised design and monitoring framework has been approved by the Government and ADB, with consequent reallocation of budget and revised procurement plan. The project implementation arrangements will also be changed to include fewer full-time Project staff rather than a high number of part-time Project staff. Project Implementation Units (PIUs) with central and provincial offices will replace the Central Project Coordination Unit, and Forestry Administration Cantonment and Provincial Protected Area Offices. The provincial governors offices will be responsible only for the implementation of infrastructure subprojects, while the Project Implementation Units will be responsible for all other activities.
In Lao PDR, a National Project Management Office (NPMO) has been established under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. Provincial Project Management Offices have been established in Champasak, Sekong and Attapeu. As the result of the midterm review in November 2014, a revised design and monitoring framework has been approved by the Government and ADB, with consequent reallocation of budget and revised procurement plan.
In Viet Nam, a Central Project Management Unit (CPMU) has been established under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. Provincial Project Management Units have been established in Quang Nam, Quang Tri and Thua Thien Hue. As the result of the midterm review in August 2014, a revised design and monitoring framework has been approved by the Government and ADB, with consequent reallocation of budget and revised procurement plan. Stronger emphasis is being placed on District Project Implementation Units for livelihoods and forestry related activities, with strengthened capacity. It was agreed at the midterm review mission of the project that infrastructure will be the responsibility of the Provincial Project Management Units, and the landuse planning, forestry and livelihood related activities will be decentralized to the District Project Implementation Units.