Get to grips with FLEGT (August 2016)

News Highlights

Yen The Forestry Company Limited received FSC Sustainable Forest Management Certificate
(VNFOREST) – On 30th July 2016, Yen The Forestry Company Limited, Bac Giang Province received the Sustainable Forest Management Certificate from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) for the period 2016 – 2021.

Ba Che Forestry Company Limited received FSC Sustainable Forest Management Certificate
(BaoQuangNinh) – Early 6th August 2016, at Ba Che District, Quang Ninh Province, Ba Che Forestry Company Limited held a meeting to receive the Sustainable Forest Management Certificate from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

Plantation development in connection to timber processing industry
(BaoNgheAn) – The forested land area in Nghe An Province is about 70% the total area of Nghe An province. The current plantation area for timber materials is 145,526 ha, while the area of un-forested land which is planned for production forest is 166,745 ha. This is a huge potential for plantation development to fulfil the need for timber materials in the province.

Timber industry: Need to be proactive in sourcing timber materials
( – Currently, timber materials account for 70% of the value of wooden products. Timber enterprises in Binh Duong Province are trying to source for timber materials locally, in the context that the volume of timber imported from neighbouring countries is declining.

Forests are destroyed by the “habit” of rich Vietnamese people
(Vietnamnet) –  According to a report from CIFOR, within the last 50 years, the forest area and forest quality in Vietnam has reduced significantly. The information from CIFOR has shown that logging is the major cause of forest degradation in Vietnam. One of the causes of “unsustainable” logging that leads to the destruction of forest resources in Vietnam is the culture of Vietnamese: they just want to use natural timber, especially those rare wood species, and do not like timber from plantations.

Myanmar’s logging ban a major step towards forest sector reform
( – The new government of Myanmar has agreed a temporary national logging ban and a 10-year logging ban in the Pegu Yoma region to give its beleaguered forests breathing space from years of unchecked exploitation. The national logging ban will run until the end of March 2017, in effect closing the forests for one complete logging season. All exports of round logs from the country have been banned since April 2014.

BREXIT and the possible implications on FLEGT; the EUTR, VPA negotiations and FLEGT licensing
( – The United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union has left some wondering what Brexit may mean for the future of the EUTR in this country but also the impact it could have on wider FLEGT activities.


New Documents

27th July 2016: Decision no. 3158/QĐ-BNN-TCLN of the Vietnam Administration of Forestry about the Announcement of the Forest Status in 2015. Please access

22nd Aug 2016: Decision no. 2905/QĐ-BNV of Ministry of Internal Affairs on the Establishment of Forest Owner Association of Vietnam. Please access:



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

August – September 2016: FAO FLEGT Programme is calling for concept notes from government institutions, civil society and private sector organizations in countries engaged in VPAs with the EU. The deadline for submission is September 15th 2016. For more information:

07-11th November 2016: FSC Expert Course organised by NEPCon will be held in Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia. For more information, please access:



31st July 2016: The ITTO Tropical Timber Market (TTM) Report, an output of the ITTO Market Information Service (MIS) – 1- 31 July 2016. Access at

30th August 2016: The EU-funded FLEGT Project implemented by NEPCon and SFMI launched an Online Training Platform providing knowledge and ready-to-use tools on timber legality for Vietnamese timber enterprises and relevant stakeholders. Please access:



10th Aug 2016: Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations (VUSTA) coordinated with Center for Sustainable Rural Development (SRD) and Non-Governmental Organisation Information Center (NGO-IC) to organise the annual conference for civil society organisations on Sustainable Development and to share the information on the activities of two network VNGO/FLEGT and VNGO&CC. There were more than 200 participants from governmental organisations, associations, non-governmental organisations, local and international donors, research institutes and media. For more information: