Mr. Edwin Shanks, EU FLEGT Facilitator, and Mr. Hoang Thanh, Programme Officer and delegate of the European Union to Vietnam was greeted by CORENARM’s deputy director, Mr. Tran Nam Thang, and director, Ms. Le Tinh Chi. Mr. Truong Si Hoai Nhan, FLEGT project manager and Mr. Le Hien of the ICCO were also present at this meeting.
Before starting the meeting, CORENARM staff introduced themselves and thanked Mr. Shanks and Mr. Thanh for travelling to the region to visit their office. Mr. Nhan then introduced the schedule of the day and hoped that the meeting would provide CORENARM with further feedback on their projects.
Ms. Chi outlined CORENARM’s organizational framework and structure as well as briefly reviewed the organizations past activities. Following Ms. Chi’s presentation, Mr.Thang presented CORENARM’s activities for FLEGT. Mr. Thang, reviewed CORENARM’s involvement with FLEGT and outlined the organizations past and current activities within the project. He explained the progress that CORENARM has made over the past few years which has helped successfully implement several different projects. Mr. Thang also presented a few suggestions and proposed activities to the delegation that he believed would help the project be more successful. He outlined the benefits of CORENARM’s models and approach stating that they were more systemic and clear for beneficiaries and stakeholders to adopt. Lastly, Mr. Thang concluded the presentation stating, “Prior to FLEGT, CORENARM had activities that supported capacity building activities for local communities but the implementation of FLEGT also imposes an opportunity to boost outcomes and improve knowledge and experience”.
Following their meeting with CORENARM, the EU delegation visited the FLEGT project office, met with staff of Centre of Rural Development, and visited a small timber processing company. They also went to visit a community-based forest governance model in Hong Bac commune of A Luoi District, Thien Thu Hue province.