The Netherlands Development Organisation SNV Viet Nam

Transforming the Rice Value Chain for Climate Resilient and Sustainable Development in the Mekong Delta (TRVC), Vietnam is a five-year program that contributes to effecting a transition to low-carbon and climate-resilient agricultural landscapes and livelihoods of smallholder farmers (SHF) in Vietnam’s Mekong River Delta (MRD).

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TRVC Project at a glance

Using Pay-for-Results (PfRs) mechanism, the TRVC Project will incentivize and attract the participation of private enterprises in the Rice Value Chain, aiming to scale-up innovative technologies to achieve higher economic outcomes for smallholder farmers (SHFs) and all Rice Value Chain actors, improve rice quality and inclusive social values while reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and mitigating environmental footprints as co-benefits. Thereby, the Project will play a catalytic role in creating the transformation of rice production and trading towards sustainability and bringing inclusive values in the most rice-intensive production provinces in the Mekong Delta; actively contribute to the achievement of sustainable and climate-resilient development in the Mekong Delta.


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The premise of TRVC project

The AgResults Vietnam Emissions Reduction Challenge Project (AVERP)

The AVERP project incentivized enterprises including
rice producers, fertilizer producers, and input suppliers to test and scale-up innovative rice production technologies that increased yields and reduced GHG in comparison with conventional rice production practices.

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Q&A Section


From 2017 till 2020 there was a 4 year pilot project - will any of the generated direct ground measurements (soil characteristics, emission data, etc.) be made available to the Verifiers team?

Pending the consent of the funders of the AgResults pilot project, relevant data gathered through that project will be shared with the selected verifier.


Will the Verifier collect field-level data on site independently of the Competitor, or via alternative techniques such as RS?

It is up to the Verifier to propose the need and use of field-level data, along with collection methods as necessary, to supplement RS to ensure confidence in the results.


Would using such models as a Tier 3 method still be acceptable if we calibrate and validate the model using published (peer-reviewed) data and field-level measurements (e.g. CH4 emissions) for rice paddies in Vietnam?

Yes this would be acceptable. SNV will facilitate contacts between the selected Verifier and other organizations that have or are currently collecting field-level measurements. 


What is the importance/relevance of having organisations be qualified as an eligible verifier in accordance with article 14 of the Degree 06- 2022/ND-CP issued on January 7, 2022, by the Government of Vietnam?

Article 14 allows 3 alternate options:
1/Units verifying GHG emissions mitigation (hereinafter referred to as “verifying units”) are organizations with verification capacity recognized by the UNFCCC; or 2/ Be certified 14065 standard to the ISO on requirements for GHG verification and validation bodies to use in accreditation or other forms of accreditation; or
3/ Have a certified technician who has completed a course on GHG inventory as required by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change for the respective sectors. 
TRVC commits to contributing the CO2e credits to the NDC of Viet Nam; but also explores the potential of carbon credit sales in year 2 or year 3 of the project as our MRV is built on the IPCC Tier 3 standard. Given the “grey area” in interpreting the requirements of Article 14 of the Decree 6 of the GoV on Ozone Layer Protection; and the popularity of this concern among Offerors, we consulted verbally with officials from MONRE on this subject. It is advised that for voluntary contributions to Viet Nam’s NDC, the Verifier of TRVC don’t necessarily have to register as a “verifying unit” with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) unless the Project Owner wants to sell those carbon credits. MONRE is the appointed government agency for all things related, including the national carbon inventory from all sectors of Viet Nam and formal carbon reduction accreditation. 


Can it be assumed that this workshop is intended for potential competitors as opposed to potential verifiers?

SNV will invite the shortlisted Offerors to an online meeting to present their proposal to our Procurement Committee, and respond to Questions from the members of the PC for clarity.


What would “Other Verification Activities” fall within the Verifiers Roles and Responsibilities?

“Other Verification Activities” is meant to cover any components of the offeror’s proposed approach and methodology that may fall outside of what is directly stated in this RFP.


Is there currently a system in place that enables data management or will it be the responsibility of the Verifier to provide one? Is the data management system intended to facilitate data exchange between Verifier in coordination with SNV and Competitor for the subsequent quantification of GHG emissions?

The specifics of the data management system are up to the Verifier to propose. It is expected that the Verifier will be able to share with SNV and the Competitors the data and quantification results in a way that is clear and transparent.


Will there be measured data available on GHG emission (CH4/N2O) from the fields that will be registered during the project timeline to support calibration of selected models for GHG emission estimation?

As the project locations will be selected by the participating Competitors after the project launch, we cannot confirm if there will be measured emission data for the selected locations. However, there is data available from other projects (VnSAT, IRRI) in the same region that may be useful for calibrating models.


Can it be confirmed that the projected number across the three years are accumulative?

Yes, the total number of hectares projected across the three years has been accumulated.


What is it meant by a “pre-defined” baseline?

This refers to the baseline against which the Verifier will set up their proposed methodology.


Can it be confirmed that the timeline for the finalization of the MRV design document is 30 days after contract finalization?

Refer to the “Verification Procedures” section B, “MRV Design process and Testing,” for clarity. The successful Verifier will start on August 1, 2023. The first competing crop will start tentatively in November or December 2023. All in all, the Verifier has 3–4 months to complete this process.


Is SNV expecting the verifier to a) create a methodology that is submitted for generalized approval by one of these partners, b) align with an existing methodology that is active with one of these partners or c) something else?

Reference to the slide 39 in the Business Plan which sent to Offeror as Annex 2. In this case it is (b) and specifically aligning with existing (under update) methodology of Verra or Gold. It is expected that the selected Verifier will ideally align with an existing methodology.

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