Get to grips with FLEGT (September 2016)

News Highlights

Tackling challenges for timber exports
(NDĐT) – From the beginning of the year, although timber exports have increased by 1.4% compared to the same period in 2015, those exporting timber and wood products are facing many difficulties and challenges on raw materials and market risks. To achieve the target of $ 7.6 billion export value this year, the timber industry still has much to do in the last months.

Large room for timber export?
(TBKD) – Timber manufacturing and export is compared to the “sleeping beauty”, since there is large room for development. However, timber enterprises in Vietnam are not be able to utilise all the opportunities. They are not paying attention to all the stringent requirements from big, but strict markets. The knowledge and ability to meet the requirements for exported timber products is the vital issue for today’s businesses.

Strengthening the implementation of measures for forest management and protection
(YBĐT) – Yen Bai has been a “hot spot” of deforestation, illegal logging and trading of forest products. However, with the active participations of all governmental levels, the forest protection and management sector has achieved some positive changes. The number of cases and the extent of violations have decreased every year, forest area and forest quality has been improved remarkably.

The wait is over, FLEGT licences are coming   
( – Indonesia and the European Union today agreed that from 15 November 2016 Indonesia can issue ‘FLEGT’ licences to verified legal timber products it exports to the EU. The decision makes Indonesia the first country in the world to achieve this major milestone in the global effort to combat illegal logging and associated illegal timber trade.



September 2016: Go Viet Magazine – No. 82. Assess at:

September 2016: New website on FLEGT Licences. This information point explains what FLEGT licences are and how they can benefit businesses in the EU as well as timber producers in countries outside the EU. It includes answers to dozens of frequently asked questions that cover everything from the basics to complex trade scenarios and how to report any problems. Assess at:   

September 2016: A publication developed by Proforest.  This is the first out of four briefing notes on REDD+, FLEGT, how they link to each other and other forestry initiatives.  Assess at:

September 2016: Presentation on FLEGT licensed timber, developed by EU FLEGT Facility. Download at:

September 2016: A special edition of the European Timber Trade Federation (ETTF) Newsletter to mark the announcement that Indonesia will issue the first ever FLEGT licenses in November. Download the newsletter at:



30th August 2016: At Da Nang City, the Department of Forest Development and the Forest Inspection of Laos jointly organised the Annual Meeting to Evaluate the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on cooperation in the field of forest protection, forest laws enforcement, control and prevent trafficking, illegal transportation of timber, forest products and wildlife in the period 2015 – 2016. For more information:

30th-31st August 2016: At Tam Ky City, Quang Nam Province, the FLEGT Project – Central Vietnam in cooperation with Forest Protection Department (FPD) of Quang Nam Province held a training workshop on “Timber Legality Assurance System according to the requirements of VPA-FLEGT” for more than 30 participants from Forest Protection agencies, timber processing enterprises and facilities in Quang Nam Province. For more information:

28th-30th September 2016: The Project “Increasing Capacity of Civil Society Organisations and SMEs to Implement FLEGT Requirements”, funded by EU and implemented by NEPCon and SFMI, organised a training of trainers on how to enhance the capacity of SMEs to meet FLEGT requirements in Ho Chi Minh City. Participants were representatives from timber enterprises, non-governmental organisations, and timber trading associations.