The VPA process in Laos (in formal negotiations since 2017) has moved forward significantly in the past six months, and stakeholders are continuing to work together closely.
The forests of the Lao People´s Democratic Republic cover about 40% of the country. It is a major exporter of timber to Vietnam.Land clearing during the conversion of natural forest areas to non-forest or plantation use is the main source of timber in Laos, in particular land clearing for large infrastructure projects. Most export timber goes to neighbouring Vietnam and Thailand, but some export timber goes to China as well. By entering into a VPA with the EU, Laos aims to improve opportunities for the Lao timber industry to access the EU market, diversify their timber products and increase revenue from timber exports.
The VPA process so far, from a civil society perspective
The clearest assessment of the VPA process in Laos can be found in the twice-annual VPA updates.
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For more information about Laos, please contact VFIThis page was most recently modified on 9 Nov 2016