Get to grips with FLEGT (February 2015)

News Highlights

USD494 million of timber and timber product exports in January 2015
http://vov.vn/kinh-te/thang-1-xuat-khau-494-trieu-usd-go-va-san-pham-tu-go-380047.vov
(VOV) – The value of exports of timber and timber products during January 2015, estimated by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Vietnam, is USD494 million, 8.2% lower compared to that of same period in 2014. On the other hand, the value of imports of timber and timber products reached USD170 million, 8.6% higher than that of the same period last year. In particular, the imports from Laos accounted for 26.9% and United States of America and Cambodia accounted for 11.5% and 11.3% respectively.

Recent capacity assessment on TLAS implementation in Ha Tinh Province
http://lienhiephoikhkt.hatinh.gov.vn/vi/news/Tin-tuc/Lien-hiep-Hoi-phoi-hop-khao-sat-kha-nang-dap-ung-quy-dinh-hien-hanh-ve-go-hop-phap-1189/
(HUSTA) –Recently, Sustainable Rural Development Centre (SRD) and its local partners have conducted an assessment on capacity of forest-dependent communities to meet current regulations on timber legality in the context of building the Timber Legality Assurance System (TLAS ) in Huong Vinh Commune, Huong Khe District, Ha Tinh Province. The assessment is to provide the information to build up the project on capacity building for civil society and communities in independent forest monitoring once the TLAS is implemented in Ha Tinh Province.

Upcoming Events

11-14 March 2015: Find us at the Vietnam International Furniture & Home Accessories Fair 2015 (VIFA 2015) by HAWA Corporation in Ho Chi Minh City, at booth E05 for more information on FLEGT and free tool to support timber processing and trading SMEs to comply with FLEGT requirements. Follow us on our Facebook page for more updates https://www.facebook.com/dehieuFLEGT

Opportunities

March 2015: Free online course on environmental justice, including topics on forest management, by University of East Anglia. For more information, visit https://www.uea.ac.uk/study/short-courses/online-learning/environmental-justice