Get to grips with FLEGT (October2015)

News Highlights

Export raw material then import fine products
(Laodong) – At the current workshop organised by Forest Trends and Vietnam Timber and Forest Products Association (VIFORES) in Ha Noi experts raised concerns on current problems of the Vietnam – China timber trade. Most of the exported products are raw material with low revenue. Among exported products, most round and sawn timber is originated from countries in Sub-Mekong Region and is mainly precious species. Vietnam is currently exporting wood materials to China, at the same time importing semi-processed and finished wood furniture. 

Dong Ky carpentry village: Looking for a new path
(LaodongThudo) – According to Dong Ky Wood Association, the amount of village products sold on the Chinese market has decreased to 1/2 – 2/3 of that in previous years. Together with the drop in export, the price has decreased significantly. 80% of households currently express their wish to explore new markets such as EU, US, etc. which have completely different demands and requirements on wood materials and product design. Accordingly, in the coming time, Dong Ky is moving away from the “usual-business”, aiming at sourcing legal timber.

Wood material distribution centre established in Dong Nai Province
(Thesaigontimes) – On 9 October 2015, Tan Vinh Cuu Joint Stock Company opened the distribution centre for imported wood materials in Tan Bien Ward, Bien Hoa City, Dong Nai Province. The centre, spread over 158,000m2, consists of market for air-dried sawn timber, market for round wood, customer service centre, etc., provides imported timber from the US, EU, Canada, Japan, Australia, Russia, etc. to supply to domestic market and others in Asia.

Increasing awareness on timber legality for Vietnam rubber sector
(Vietnamnews) – In order to provide the updates on and raise the awareness on sustainability and related regulations on timber legality, which are applicable for rubberwood, Vietnam Rubber Association and NEPCon organised an introductory workshop on timber legality on 14 October 2015 in Ho Chi Minh City. Participants were enterprises working in the rubber sector. At the workshop, Dr Tran Thi Thuy Hoa, Office Manager of VRA said: “Rubberwood provides additional income for rubber growers after 20 years harvesting rubber latex. It is important to prove the legal source of rubberwood so that Vietnam rubberwood and its wooden products are widely consumed and exported to other big overseas markets.” 


October-November 2015: Free FLEGT readiness assessment conducted by EU-funded FLEGT project, implemented by NEPCon and SFMI. For more information, visit

October-November 2015: The advanced training programme for enterprises in carpentry industry, organised by the PPP project aiming at increasing the quality in the wood products and design. For more information, visit


August 2015: Q&A on FLEGT and VPA for enterprises, developed by “Capacity building of business associations and for the media to understand and engage with the FLEGT” project. The document can be downloaded at   


2 October 2015: Consultation workshop for the proposal on the development of Forestry Law held by Vietnam Administration of Forestry in Gia Lai Province. For more information, visit

15 October 2015: Workshop on “Forest and sustainable trade with PEFC certificate” by PEFC and Handicraft and Wood Industry Association of Ho Chi Minh City (HAWA) in Ho Chi Minh City. For more information, contact   

16 October 2015: Workshop on deploying monitor of changes in forest and forested land in 15 provinces organised by Vietnam Administration of Forestry in Binh Duong Province. For more information, visit   

16 October 2015: Workshop on policy framework for management of natural forest in Vietnam, held by Vietnam Forestry Science Association and Silviculture Research Institute – Vietnam Academy of Forest Sciences in Ha Noi. For more information, visit  

23-25 October 2015: Training workshop on methodology and tool for possible linkage between REDD and FLEGT by the network of Vietnamese Non-governmental organisations in Forest Law, Enforcement, Governance and Trade (VNGO-FLEGT) in Da Nang.

27-31 October 2015: Training for trainers on behaviour change communications skills on FLEGT organised by FLEGT Project in the Central Region, Consultative and Research Centre on Natural Resources Management (CORENARM), and Forest Protection Department in Thua Thien Hue, in Da Nang City. For more information, visit