Get to grips with FLEGT (July 2016)

News Highlights

Optimisation of veneer production from plantations
( – The project FST 2008/039 was established to promote higher value uses of acacia and eucalyptus in Vietnam by optimising the veneer production from this resource. Currently, plantation timber in Vietnam is mostly used to make low-valued pulp or wood chips for export. Meanwhile, acacia and eucalyptus from Australian forests have long been used to manufacture special veneers.

Harvesting plantations: Unclear legal requirements
(TN&MT) – Currently, in some provinces, there is a trend that many nearby households sell their timber to a trader or cooperate with each other to do harvesting. However, the legal framework with regards to having environmental impact assessment done for the two scenarios above has not been clearly specified. It leads to the situation that legal plantation timber will become illegal timber in the context of VPA/FLEGT between Vietnam and the EU.

VPA FLEGT – the passport to EU market
(CSVN) – Europe is a big consumer market for timber products and this is the market with the most stringent requirements on legal orgin as well as quality of timber products. In order for Vietnamese timber enterprises to penetrate the EU market, VPA FLEGT is considered to be the most effective passport for those companies.

Sustainable forest restoration and development: The need for a specific mechanism
(MT&ĐS) – Forests are known to have extremely important role in disaster reduction, especially with the increasingly strong impacts from climate change. However, forests in Vietnam are being overly exploited, which requires specific and customised mechanisms to restore and sustainably manage this valuable resource.

Ghana and Indonesia: Major progress against illegal logging through Voluntary Partnership Agreements with EU, says study
Ghana and Indonesia have greatly improved forest governance and achieved measurable declines in illegal logging by implementing Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) with the EU, says a new study.

Rosewood exports to Vietnam achieved with fake signatures: official
(The Phnom Penh Post) – Thousands of cubic metres of endangered Siamese rosewood were sent to Vietnam in 2014 with export permits bearing the Photoshopped signature of a retired Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) secretary of state. This was first brought to light last month by British NGO Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA).



September 2016: The project on FLEGT, sponsored by EU and implemented by NEPCon and SFMI, will conduct the fifth training course with the aim to increase the capacity of CSOs and SMEs to implement FLEGT requirements in September 2016. For more detailed information, please contact Mrs. Duong Thi Lien – Project Coordinator, tel.: 0915 003 935, email:



July 2016: 26th Illegal Logging Update and Stakeholder Consultation Meeting – Report Summary. Assess at,4DDKP,K7ZCFK,G1VJ2,1

 June 2016: Go Viet magazine no. 79 – June 2016, at:

July 2016: Go Viet magazine no. 80 – July 2016, at:

 July 2016: EU Forest Watch 2017 –July 2016. Assess at:

 July 2016: Report “Impacts of Brexit on timber processing industry in Vietnam”. Assess at:

 July 2016: Report “Wood chips exportation from Vietnam: Policies, markets and livelihoods of plantation households”. Assess at:



14th July 2016: Vietnam Timber and Forest Product Association (VIFORES), Handicraft and Wood Industry Association of HCMC (HAWA), The Forest Products Association of Binh Dinh, and Forest Trends jointly organised a seminar “Brexit and impacts to Vietnam’s timber industry” in Hanoi. For more information:


15th July 2016: In Hanoi, the seminar “Vietnam’s wood chips export: new challenges” was held by Vietnam Timber and Forest Product Association (VIFORES) and Forest Trends. For more information: