Vietnam Aims To Promote Sustainable Timber Trade

Hanoi, Vietnam: Vietnam will be assisted with carrying out legal and responsible timber trade by the "Responsible Asia Forestry & Trade Partnership" programme that it signed yesterday with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), TRAFFIC and RECOFTC, according to Vietnam News.

The project, which will help achieve sustainable afforestation and forest management and improve officials’ capacity and is funded by the Australian Government through The Nature Conservancy organisation (TNC), will run through March 2017.

Le Thien Duc, forest programme coordinator of WWF-Vietnam, said: "The Vietnam Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has set a target that by 2020 at least 500,000 hectares of forests should be certified, but only 219,245 ha have been certified so far.”

To help achieve the target, the project aims to get at least 3,000ha of forests certified as sustainable.

The project will also identify forest areas that have the potential for certification for other programmes or the Government to get them certified, build capacity of forest owners by creating a manual for forest certification and sustainable forest management, and support a review and modification of policies to promote sustainable forest management.

These activities are expected to bring social and environmental benefits to people living near forests and forestry workers by reducing illegal logging and helping conserve forests.


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