Get to grips with FLEGT (June 2016)

News Highlights

Timber from Vietnam will face a lot of challenges with TPP
According to the research report on Status and Policy solutions for the timber processing industry and export of Vietnam in the context of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Vietnam-EU Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA), there are many risks that timber enterprises are facing, including the risks related to the origin of materials, the legality of such resources, inconsistent policies, and lack of cooperation among forest owners, processing units and exporting enterprises.

Integration and the changes in the timber industry will promote better forest governance
( – Up to now, Vietnam has signed 12 FTAs and is negotiating another 4 FTAs. All new generation FTAs, including TPP, have a large emphasis on sustainable development, environmental protection and societal responsibilities. Therefore, the reality is that Vietnam must implement sustainable forest management, improve productivity and quality of plantations in order to effectively penetrate international timber markets within the framework of TPP and other FTAs.

Research on the ability to comply with legal definition in Quang Ninh, Quang Binh and Quang Nam provinces
(SRD) – From the end of May, the Centre for Sustainable Rural Development (SRD) has been conducting research on the ability of households that own forests, or conduct harvesting, transporting, trading or processing timber to comply with timber legality requirements in Quang Binh, Quang Nam and Quang Ninh provinces. The collected data will help to point out the limitations and difficulties of these vulnerable groups in the FLEGT VPA process.

EU, US and Australia increase enforcement of laws to combat illegal timber trade
( – According to a Forest Trends’ survey on the enforcement of timber regulations in 14 EU Member States, US and Australia, in the six months to March 2016, enforcement cases were associated with timber products from 15 sources or processing countries, among which China, Brazil, Cameroon, Myanmar, and the Republic of Congo were most often implicated. The enforcement officials inspected 495 company sites and reviewed 955 due diligence systems. They issued a total of 396 corrective action requirements and 55 sanctions.

The Prime Minister instructed to “close the forests” and implement measures to sustainably restore forests in the Central Highlands.
At the Conference on Measures to sustainably restore the forests in the Central Highlands in order to cope with climate change in the period 2016- 2020, which was chaired by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc in Daklak province on 20th Jun 2016, the causes of deforestation and forest degradation were pointed out to be mainly forest conversion and illegal logging. The Prime Minister instructed the local governments of the Central Highlands provinces to quickly implement all possible measures to close the natural forests and restore the over-harvested ones.

Timber exported to UK has not yet been affected by Brexit
(TBKTSG Online) – Timber and timber products are among Vietnamease goods with largest volume exported to UK. With the event of Brexit, according to some experts in timber sector, although Brexit can cause the decline in the value of Sterling and economic slowdown, Vietnamese timber export has not yet been affected by the referendum result until UK completes the formal negotiation process with EU over a period of 2 years.



June 2016: VNFOREST invites comments on the draft decree “Regulations on forest on contractual assignment of forest land, orchards and land with water surface in Management Boards of Special used forests, protection forests and state-owned one member limited liability agriculture and forestry companies. Please see at:



May 2016: The Spring Newsletter 2016 – Timber Regulation Enforcement Exchange (Forest Trends). Assess at:

May 2016: Go Viet magazine no. 78 – May 2016. Assess at:

 1st June 2016: The Tropical Timber Market Report for May 2016. Assess at:



3rd June 2016: Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) held a seminar on Promotion of Sustainable Forest Management and Forest Certification in Vietnam. To achieve the target by 2020, at least 500,000 ha of production forest have to have sustainable forest management plans approved and certification achieved; the solutions were presented by participants, such as promulgation of national standards for sustainable forest management and forest certification, and policy mechanisms to promote them . For more information:

6th June 2016: Workshop to evaluate the collaboration in Science and Technology activities in 2015-2016 between VNFOREST and Vietnam Union of Science and Technology associations (VUSTA) was held in Hanoi. In the workshop, VNFOREST updated on the FLEGT VPA process. Both parties (Vietnam and EU) have finalised the negotiation on 09 technical annexes and are working together to resolve the issues of controlling imported timber, enterprise classification, control of supply chains, and the scope of independent monitoring. For more information:

10th June 2016: Research Institute for Sustainable forest management and Forest certification (SFMI) celebrated its 10th anniversary (2006 – 2016) and 18 years of establishment of the National Working Group on Sustainable forest management. After 10 years, SFMI has confirmed its role in the sustainable forest management work in Vietnam. Please see at:

22nd June 2016: Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development held a meeting to evaluate the results of intensive afforestation and large timber plantation models. Deputy Minister Ha Cong Tuan chaired the meeting. Please see at: