Get to grips with FLEGT (February 2017)

News Highlights


The strategic move for enterprises in timber industry
(HQ Online) – 2016 has been seen as the most difficult year for timber industry in Vietnam, when the growth was only 1%. According to Mr. Nguyen Ton Quyen, Deputy Chairman and General Secretary of Vietnam Timber and Forest Products Association, in 2017 and subsequent years, the timber industry need to identify specific directions for development with a focus on artificial wood products along with expansion of trade promotion.


11th meeting of Expert Group on Illegal Logging and Associated Trade (EGILAT 11)
On 20th and 21st February 2017, within the framework of the first Conference of APEC Senior Officials (SOM 1) in the city of Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa Province, the Expert Group on Illegal Logging and Associated Trade (EGILAT) had a meeting to strengthen the protection and development of forest resources in a sustainable way, combat trafficking and illegal deforestation, improve the capability of APEC economies on legal timber trade.


The biggest challenge for timber industry in 2017 is the source of raw materials
(VOV.VN) – According to Vietnam Timber and Forest Products Association, in 2017 and the near future, there will be four challenges on sourcing materials for timber industry.


Active sourcing of legal wood
(Công Thương) – Vietnam’s timber industry ended 2016 with the conclusion of negotiations for Voluntary Partnership Agreement on Forest Legality Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT VPA) which opens up opportunities for exporting timber products to the potential EU market. This is an advantage for enterprises who are proactive in sourcing clean and legal raw materials.


Africa – the important supply of timber materials to Vietnam
Currently, the volume of logs imported from Africa has been up to 800,000 m3 annually, accounting for nearly 20% of imported timber. So is there any risk of importing African wood material into Vietnam?


New technology to rescue forests
(Thomson Reuters Foundation) – New digital platform named Responsible Timber Exchange which was developed by BVRio to help companies that want to buy Brazilian timber without contributing to illegal deforestation by tracing the origins of wood.





February 2017:  NEPCon released a new version of LegalSource standard. For more information:


January 2017:  Paper “National Governance Indicators” (Relevance for the Regulation of the Trade in Illegal Timber) – Forest Trends. Download at:


February 2017: Report “Forests and trees supporting rural livelihoods: Case studies from Myanmar and Viet Nam”. Download at:


February 2017: The ITTO Tropical Timber Market (TTM) Report, an output of the ITTO Market Information Service (MIS) – 1- 15 Feb 2016. Access at:


28th November 2016: Centre for Education and Development (CED), in collaboration with the of Binh Duong Wood Processing Association (BIFA) held a seminar on “FLEGT VPA and the impact on business strategies” and a training workshop on “Strengthening capacity for enterprises to meet FLEGT VPA requirements”. This is one of the activities of the project “Promoting private sector participation in the negotiation process of Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA)” funded by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). For more information and download presentations at: