Get to grips with FLEGT (January 2016)

News Highlights

Vietnam Government and EU reached agreement on control of imported wood materials
(Vietnamplus) – At the end of the 5th negotiation of Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) on 21-22 January 2016 in Hanoi, the both sides have reached consensus on crucial component of the agreement including the timber legality assurance system (TLAS), risk classification for imported wood. Both sides have agreed to schedule the next negotiation in April 2016.

500,000 ha of forest sustainably managed in 2020
(VOV) – Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has approved the plan on sustainable forest management and forest certification in the period of 2016-2020. The plan aims at having 500,000 ha of production forest certified by 2020, of which 350,000 ha is plantation and the rest is natural forest. 

Imported timber from Cambodia increased over 50% in 2015
(Nhipcaudautu) – Cambodia has replaced Laos to become the largest timber export country to Vietnam, raising concerns over legality issues. According to data from Forest Trends, the value of timber export from Cambodia to Vietnam is 368 million USD, which is 53% higher compared to that of 2014. Meanwhile the imported wood from Laos has reduced 40% from 601 million USD of export value to 360 million USD.

Issues with management of exporting wood materials

(Thoibaonganhang) – The forestry sector development strategy towards 2020 has aimed at reducing manufacture of export woodchip. Sharing the same goal, the plan on restructuring forestry sector has stressed the need to minimise exporting raw timber materials, including woodchip. In contrary, the export of woodchip in reality tends to increase in some provinces Nghe An, Quang Binh, Quang Nam and Quang Ngai…



23-26 February 2016: Training for trainers on increasing capacity for small and medium enterprises to implement FLEGT requirements, by NEPCon and SFMI, in Hanoi. For more information, contact



December 2015: Report “Timber and Timber Products Trade between Vietnam – EU: Current Status and Trends” by Vietnam Timber and Forest Product Association (VIFORES), by Forest Products Association of Binh Dinh (FPA Binh Dinh), Handicraft & Wood Industry Association of Ho Chi Minh City (HAWA). The report (in Vietnamese) can be downloaded at

January 2016: Vietnamese version of analysis report “Impact of the Asean Economic Community (AEC) on social forestry and forest products trade” by PanNature. For more information visit



13 January 2016: Dialogue on land and forest allocation and issurance of land use certificate following FLEGT VPA, by Consultative and Research Centre on Natural Resource Management (CORENARM) and other partners in Thua Thien Hue province. More information visit

23 January 2016: Inception workshop of the project “Preparing SMEs for VN TLAS implementation through testing voluntary group certification of integrated Chain of Custody and Due Diligence System” by Research Institute for Sustainable Forest Management and Forest Certification (SFMI) in Hue city. More information visit