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Vietnamese NGOs call for improved forest governance through FLEGT VPA and free trade deal

17 December 2015

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 group of Vietnamese NGOs, supported by Fern, has reminded both parties that the only way to guarantee a legal and sustainable timber trade is through improved forest governance, and has called for civil society organisations to have a clearly defined role in the VPA process to ensure credibility though independent monitoring from the ground.

 

Categories: Development Aid, Trade, Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT), Free Trade Agreements

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