European market tightens regulation on the origin of timber
(Baodongnai) – Vietnam and EU are negotiating to sign the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) on Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT). This Agreement is expected to be signed and implemented by the end of 2015. Previously, wood processing enterprises could import raw timber from many sources, including illegal ones, for the production. When VPA/FLEGT is implemeted, however, enterprises must “say no” to illegal timber. According to Vietnam Timber and Forest Products Association, this will change the selection of timber sources of wood processing enterprises and wood craft villages in Vietnam in the coming time.
Training Workshop on Independent Forest Monitoring (IFM)
(VNGO-CCi) – During 9-12 December 2014, with financial support from the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), FERN and technical support from Resource Extraction Monitoring (REM), the VNGO-FLEGT Network had organized a training workshop on Independent Forest Monitoring (IFM) in Ninh Binh City. The workshop attracted more than 40 participants, who represented VNGO-FLEGT member organizations, local forestry experts and cadres. In this training workshop, the participants get to know the concepts of formal and informal IFM and drew on REM’s experiences of providing technical support to NGOs/CSOs and implementing IFM in VPA countries in Africa.
Wood products exports expect to grow next year
(Vietnamplus) – The export value of wood products is forecast to reach USD7 billion next year, said General Secretary of the Vietnam Timber and Forest Products Association (Vifores) Nguyen Ton Quyen. This is five years earlier than the target set in the national forestry strategy in the 2006-20 period, as approved by the Prime Minister. Quyen added that the forestry industry expects to increase exports when Vietnam signs more trade agreements, including the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA/FLEGT) about the management of wood processing for legal exports to the European Union, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA).
December 2014: “The Environmental Crime Crisis – Threats to Sustainable Development from Illegal Exploitation and Trade in Wildlife and Forest Resources” by United Nations Environmental Program. The report can be downloaded at http://www.unep.org/unea/docs/rracrimecrisis.pdf