Supporting Legal Timber Trade in Vietnam (September 2017)

News Highlights

Combating Illegal Logging and Associated Trade within the framework of APEC’s Third Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM 3)
From 18th to 22nd August 2017, the 12th meeting of APEC’s Expert Group on Illegal Logging and Associated Trade (EGILAT12) and other related workshops within the framework of the Third Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM 3) were held in Ho Chi Minh City. APEC economies account for about 53% of the world’s forest area, 60% of total timber production, and 80% of total global timber products trade. On the side-line of the EGIALT12, Vietnam and the United States jointly organised a successful workshop on “Customs Best Practices to Identify Illegal Timber and Wood Products” on August 18th-19th.

Forest Governance: How Indonesia and Vietnam are Responding to Illegal Logging
(Chatham House) – Illegal logging and the associated trade is a major cause of deforestation and forest degradation globally. Indonesian and Vietnamese experts from the government, private and civil society sectors spoke about the state of the trade in both southeast Asian countries. Especially, experts from Vietnam shared with Chatham House about how Vietnam has responded to illegal logging since signing a Voluntary Partnership Agreement with the European Union in 2017.

FSC Controlled Wood requirements updated to better comply with the EU Timber Regulation
FSC changed its requirements on the use of risk assessments for illegally harvested wood for sourcing Controlled Wood on 30th June 2017. FSC updated the requirements for Controlled Wood so that they better meet the requirements of the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR).

Protection forest being cleared for acacia plantation in Quang Nam
( – Many areas of protection forests in Tien Lanh Commune (Quang Nam Province) were cut down and burned for acacia plantation, since acacia plantations have high economic value in recent years. These forest areas are under the management of the Protection Forest Management Board of Tien Phuoc District, who contracted local people for protecting the forests.



New Documents

11th September 2017: Circular no. 17/2017/TT-BNNPTNT of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to revise Circular no. 21/2016/TT-BNNPTNT the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, on harvesting, extraction and salvage of forest products. Download at:




Quarter 4/2017: A series of free training workshops at 12 countries in the EU on new risk assessments and tools for EU Timber Regulation due diligence. For more information:

18th-21st October 2017: VietnamWood Expo – The 12th International Woodworking Industry Fair to be held at Saigon Exhibition & Convention Center (SECC). This is the largest Woodworking Exhibition in Vietnam, which is the most effective platform for entrepreneurs in the woodworking industry to connect and discover new business opportunities. For more information:




August 2017:  Biennial Review of the World Timber Situation – ITTO. Download at:

September 2017: Briefing note for the Competent Authorities implementing the EU Timber Regulation – UNEP-WCMC. Download at:

September 2017: EUTR News – June to August 2017 – ClientEarth. Download at:

September 2017: Go Viet Magazine – no. 93. Download at:




06th September 2017: The Vietnam Administration of Forestry organised the Conference on Consultation for the Sixth Draft of the Law on Forest Protection and Development (revised) in Hanoi. For more information:

07-08th September 2017: In Hanoi, the Department of Foreign Affairs (Ministry of Public Security) in collaboration with CITES Authority in Vietnam, and the UK Embassy organised the “Conference on tackling illegal wildlife trade”. At the workshop, stakeholders shared their experiences and discussed detailed solutions to tackle illegal wildlife trade in each country and globally. For more information: