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MARD Merit Medal for Ms. Anna W.E. Donners, Netherlands Partner

MARD Merit Medal for Ms. Anna W.E. Donners, Netherlands Partner

Ms. Anna W.E. Donners, has worked in the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Hanoi since 2007 as a First Secretary in charge of Development Cooperation. With high profession on international cooperation development, Ms. Donners is always interested in development cooperation issues with the aim of contribution to the forest sector and poverty alleviation in Vietnam.

 

With solid experience on forestry sector during her mission in Vietnam, Ms Donners has supported for the development of the sector in general, and for sustainable management of forests, strategic planning and sustainable public procurement in particular. She spent a great support to MARD for developing the introduction of globally recognized innovative approach of sustainable public procurement (SPP) in Viet Nam as well as the implementation of the Viet Nam Forestry Development Strategy (VFDS, 2006 – 2020) through Trust Fund for Forest (TFF). The first ever SPP Readiness Assessment was conducted for a forestry sector with her support. This puts Viet Nam amongst the limited group of world leading nations on SPP readiness and provides a tremendous opportunity for Viet Nam to expose its leadership and reputation at international scale.

 

With financial support from the Government of the Netherlands and her direct guidance and supervision on behalf of the Government, TFF funding mechanism has been operated very well with a number of projects working at grassroot level as well as policy making level for the development of the forestry sector in Vietnam.
Beside big programmes that assigned by the Embassy, Ms Donners has been actively participating in policy dialogues and contributed to strengthening of linkages and cooperation between policy agendas and focal points related to SFM, Climate change, REDD+, FLEGT, UNFF, ITTO. She has helped to promote special attention to issues of quality of forests, economic and social values of forests, focus on sustainable livelihoods and forest dependent local communities, the importance of integrated approach in strategic planning and climate proofing of plans and investments at the beginning of planning and budgeting cycles, especially SEDP at sectoral, regional and provincial level. She also put a lot of efforts together with MARD and FSIV negotiated with World Bank in 2008 and 2009 to include the forestry sector into the Economics of Adaptation to Climate Change (EACC), a global study which was co-financed by the Netherlands. The Viet Nam country study is the only one in which forestry is taken into consideration as an important contributing sector to the national economy and in the response to the climate change challenges.

On 2 June 2011, MARD awarded the medal "for the contribution to Agriculture and Rural Development" to Ms. Anna W.E. Donners, first secretary of Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to honor her contributions to agriculture and rural development of Viet Nam.