EU Deforestation Regulation must not imperil Vietnam's coffee farmers' livelihoods
The already precarious livelihoods of coffee farmers in Vietnam must not be pushed closer to the edge by the EU Deforestation Regulation, says Vu Thi Bich Hop, from the Center for Sustainable Rural Development (SRD).
FLEGT VPA paved the way for the US-Vietnam Timber Agreement
A US-Vietnam agreement underscores FLEGT’s broad impact
So far, EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement delivers only for trade
Civil society’s fears that human rights and the environment would lose out now appear well founded.
Vietnam timber legality Decree’s silences are as worrisome as its shrinking scope
Vietnam’s Government issued the long-awaited Timber Legality Assurance System Decree (VNTLAS), implementing legality assurance aspects of the FLEGT Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) on 1 September 2020. The hope Vietnamese...
What comes first with the EU-Vietnam trade deal, rights or ratification?
Guest Blog: Campaigner Lindsay Duffield explains some of the challenges ahead to make sure the EU-Vietnam trade agreement doesn‘t undermine human rights or climate change commitments.
Civil society from emerging nations share their views on forests in danger and EU policies
NGO leaders from tropical forested nations offer first-hand accounts on what is needed for effective forest protection.
Draft Decree of Vietnam’s timber legality system lacks teeth says the Vietnamese NGO FLEGT network
Vietnam’s Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) with the European Union (EU) is designed to end the illegal timber trade by tackling its root causes. At its heart is a commitment to adopt a robust timber legality assurance system,...
Vietnam VPA at a milestone as it receives government approval
Guest Blog by Centre for Sustainable Rural Development (SRD) Vietnam
Long road to legality
Abandoning the timber trade deal between the EU and Vietnam would derail the fight against illegal logging, says Perrine Fournier
Vietnam VPA provides framework to improve forest governance
After eight years of negotiation, on 19 October 2018, Vietnam and the EU signed a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) to promote trade in legal timber and improve forest governance. This trade deal has the potential to offer...