Workshop on " Forest Law Enforcement, Government and Trade (FLEGT) process at A Luoi district, Thua Thien Hue province

This workshop was held on June 26th, 2014 by FLEGT project management unit in coordinator with Thua Thien Hue province's Forest Ranger Department and A Luoi district People's committees.

It is a one of the activities within the framework of activities of the project "Promoting the participation of the Central Vietnam VNGO-FLEGT network in the FLEGT – VPA process”, sponsored by European Union (EU) and ICCO Netherland.

The workshop participants including representatives of many different organizations such as Thua Thien Hue’s Forest Ranger Department,  Forestry Department, A Luoi district People's committees; ICCO Netherlands, CORENARM, Hue University of Agriculture and Forestry;  plantation farmers and representative of CSOs  in Thua Thien Hue province.

Workshop open- Image: CORENARM

The workshop’s objectives include: (i) Providing to stakeholders about the situation of FLEGT implementing process in Thua Thien Hue province; (ii) Sharing information related to the process of negotiating and implementation FLEGT-VPA and the benefits of participating in FLEGT-VPA; (iii) Gathering information on FLEGT to provide for Vietnam Administration of Forestry in order to serve the process of negotiating and implementation of FLEGT-VPA

The workshop main contents were presented by experts from Consultative and Research Center on Natural Resources Management (CORENARM), Thua Thien Hue Forest Ranger Department, Forestry Club, Hue University of Agriculture and Forestry. Such as: The definitions related to Timber Legality Assurance System (TLAS); EU-Timber Regulation (EUTR); the process of negotiating and implementation of VPA / FLEGT between EU and Vietnam Government; FLEGT Licensing process and the situation of implementing FLEGT in Thua Thien Hue province. From that help the participants had better overview of the process VPA / FLEGT that Vietnam is negotiating with EU.

The workshop overview- Image: CORENARM

In addition, the participants also discussed and analysed the advantages, difficulties, opportunities and challenges of forest dependent communities, forest plantation groups and wood processing enterprises when engaging in VPA / FLEGT. The opinions of the participants is really valuable informations, practical contribution to the change and adjust the contents of the definition of TLAS that EU is negotiating with Vietnam.

The next step after finishing this workshop, the management board of FLEGT project will synthesize comments and send to Vietnam Administration of Forestry before the last negotiating session scheduled to take place on 10/2014.