Get to grips with FLEGT (June 2015)

New Legal Document

June 2015: The Prime Minister has recently issued a Decision on management, protection, development, use and benefiting from protective forests and investment to expand protective forest. Accordingly, in natural protective forest, the exploitation of precious, rare and endangered fauna and flora and those species that are protected by law is banned. For more information, visit


News Highlight

Enhancing measures to promote production and import-export of forestry products
(Communist Party of Vietnam Online Newspaper) – In order to boost production and import – export of forest products and to create favourable conditions for businesses, Deputy Minister Ha Cong Tuan has requested Vietnam Directorate of Forestry to: 1) take lead and coordinate with the Legislation Department and other relevant units to complete the amendment and supplement of the Circular No.35/2011/TT-BNN dated 20 May 2011 on legality records and checking the origin of forestry products, for issuing before 30 June 2015; 2) take lead and coordinate with the Agro-forestry Processing and Salt Industry Department to conduct survey, assessment, and propose a mechanism and policies to develop the domestic market for wood products. The results should be reported before 30 September 2015.

Cambodia wood exports to Vietnam trebled in 2014
(The Phnom Penh Post) – Timber exports from Cambodia to Vietnam more than tripled in 2014 compared with the year before, despite ongoing negotiations to curb the trade, according to a new report. The total amount of sawn wood exported to Vietnam from Cambodia was 153,547 cubic metres in 2014, compared with 51,125 cubic metres in 2013, according to past data and a draft report from Forest Trends.

Plywood from Vietnam under Turkey’s anti-dumping investigation
(The Saigon Times) – Turkey has initiated an investigation on imported plywood from Vietnam and Bulgaria since 2010. The investigation is to find out whether plywood of Chinese origin has been exported to Vietnam and Bulgaria then sold to Turkey as local product in order to evade Turkey’s anti-dumping duties that are now applied to Chinese plywood.

Vietnam the sixth largest wood exporter in the world
(Bao Giao thong) – According to Ministry of Industry and Trade, timber and timber products export in the first 5 months of 2015 has reached nearly 2.56 billion USD, 6.9% higher than the same period of last year. United States, Japan and China are Vietnam’s biggest importers in the first four months of the year, accounted for 65.3% of total export value. The furniture export market has been growing well, this year the industry is targeting for 7 billion USD from exports, 800 million USD higher than that of 2014.

Challenges for Binh Duong wood industry
(Vietnam Business Forum) – According to Chairperson of Binh Duong Wood Processing Association, Huynh Quang Thanh, there are currently 500 enterprises engaged in processing and exporting wood in the province. The wood industry is currently encountering difficulties on sourcing material, timber industry supporting products and services. Regarding raw materials, in previous years, enterprises in Binh Duong mainly imported wood from Cambodia and Lao. However, due to these countries’ forest protection policies, enterprises need to import wood, mainly pine, acacia and oak wood, from US and Canada. This then has increased the production cost and cost more time for the enterprises to complete the clients’ order.



May 2015: The EU-funded FLEGT Project implemented by NEPCon and SFMI is inviting small and medium enterprises working in the timber industry to join the training and toolkit piloting programme aiming at sourcing low risk timber. For more information, visit

21-30 September 2015: Training course on strengthening forest tenure systems and governance by the Centre for People and Forests (RECOFTC) in Thailand. For more information, visit



June 2015: Research on anti-encroachment of land use rights in special used forests in Vietnam by People and Nature Reconciliation (PanNature), Consultative and Research Centre on Natural Resources Management (CORENAM) and Centre for Rural Development in Central Vietnam (CRD). The document can be downloaded at

June 2015: Report on Vietnam woodchip export by Forest Trends and other partners. For more information, contact



29 May 2015: Conference to implement the Proposal on strengthening the management of logging in natural forest in the period of 2014-2020 for forestry companies, by Vietnam Directorate of Forestry in Quy Nhon, Binh Dinh. For more information, visit

June 2015: Series of due diligence toolkit training workshop for SMEs in wood industry in Binh Dinh (16 June), Dong Nai (25 June) and Ha Noi (30 June) by NEPCon, SFMI and local partners under the EU-funded FLEGT project. For more information, visit

June 2015: Training on capacity building for enforcement of legal regulations on harvesting, salvaging timber and non-timber products for members of Community Forestry Board in the provinces of Gia Lai, Kon Tum and Quang Nam, by PanNature and WWF. For more information, visit