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...
From the forests to the EU
Civil society explains how the EU can help protect forests and forest people rights
Around the world, about 1.6 billion people depend on forests for their survival. And yet, in 2017 alone, global tropical forests lost 15.8...
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...
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...