Areas of FSC Certified Forests of Small-Scale Households in Central Vietnam Will Increase in the Next 2 Years | WWF

Areas of FSC Certified Forests of Small-Scale Households in Central Vietnam Will Increase in the Next 2 Years

Posted on
29 August 2017
On 26th July, 2017- WWF and Vietnamese Academy of Forest Sciences launched the Project on contribution to small-scale forest management and support to FLEGT/VPA process in Vietnam (BMEL). One of the project’s goals is to support small-household forest owners in 03 provinces in the Central of Vietnam (Thua Thien Hue, Quang Nam and Quang Tri) to achive FSC certification for 14.000 ha of acacia forest from now till end of 2018.
 
Vietnam is the 5th wood-products exporters in the world but it has to import huge amount of certified timbers such as one that has FSC label, about 4 million cubic meters timber. This is because FSC certified timber in Vietnam is very limited, just about 230.000 ha each year. Therefore, if 14.000ha is FSC certified, it would contributes an amount for Vietnam wood processing industry when in need.
 
The project, supported by Ministry of Agriculture and Food of Gernamy, the project has 02 components: (1) Sustainable forest management: technically support small-household forest onwer groups of the 3 provices to sustainably manage their forests toward FSC standards, with strong expertise from German Foresty company HessenForst; develop regulations and frameworks for operating the groups; legalise the status of the groups and improving capacity of small-household forest owners in moblise capital and skills in developing long-term plan in forest management.
 
(2) the second component focuses on supporting rangers and custom officers of 03 province in identifying and classifying most imported timber to Vietnam. A hand book for law enforcement office with 100 commonly imported timbers to Vietnam will be described and 20 of them will be described in details. This will be the first kind of handbook in Vietnam, with support from Thuenen Wood Institute of Germany. When finished, the handbook will be distribute largely to related government agencies in the 3 provinces. Training course on the handbook will be organised for rangers and customer officers in 03 provinces also. This is a great support for the provinces when VPA/FLEGT will be come in practise in the near future. 
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