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Blog: Hope for a hard-pressed community
The head of Tan Hoi village sits cross-legged on the floor describing the pressures his people face.“The older generation lacks education. The younger ones leave school as early as 11. Only one person has ever graduated from...
Making Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) work for forests, people and the climate: Civil society recommendations on the future of VPAs
As decision makers in the European Union (EU) and timber producing countries consider the future of the FLEGT Action Plan, and its Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPA), civil society organisations and platforms from Cameroon,...
Fern cautiously welcomes the EU and Vietnam Voluntary Partnership Agreement
On 18 November, a significant milestone was reached in the fight to protect Vietnam’s forests.The EU and Vietnam agreed ‘in principle’ on a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) , establishing a legal framework promoting legal...
Home » Will EU-Vietnam trade deal protect forests and strengthen forest people’s rights?
The legality of wooden furniture from Vietnam has come under scrutiny, particularly regarding its impact on deforestation and forest communities’ rights. The Government of Vietnam and the EU have been in trade negotiations...
Vietnam–EU VPA to include all timber markets
As their negotiations toward a Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) advance, Vietnam and the EU have taken a positive step toward ensuring the VPA’s effectiveness.
Vietnamese NGOs call for improved forest governance through FLEGT VPA and free trade deal
The EU and Vietnam recently concluded a Free Trade Agreement and reaffirmed their determination to conclude negotiations for a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) promoting sustainable and legal timber trading. In a statement, a...
Vietnamese ban on natural forest logging may affect region
Two recent pieces of legislation in Vietnam indicate an apparent intention to clamp down on logging of natural forests in Vietnam and its neighbours, Cambodia and Laos. The government decisions seem also to respond to requirements...