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COMMENTS TO THE DRAFT OF DECREE ON VIETNAM TIMBER LEGALITY ASSUARANCE SYSTEM (VNTLAS)
By: Centre for Sustainable Rural Development (SRD)
Published: February 11, 2020
Countries: Vietnam
Topics: Community Forestry, FLEGT
Document type: Blog - opinion piece
Document ID: 8381
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COMMENTS TO THE DRAFT OF DECREE ON VIETNAM TIMBER LEGALITY ASSUARANCE SYSTEM (VNTLAS)

The necessity to formulate a Decree on Vietnam Timber Legality Assurance
System
– Ensuring legal timber trade is an important point of the Voluntary Partnership
Agreement on Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (VPA FLEGT)
between the EU and Vietnam. VNTLAS is stipulated in Appendix 7 of the
Agreement.
– Effective development and implementation of VNTLAS will contribute to higher
added value of the supply chain, from forest plantation, exploitation, import,
processing, and trade. As a result, it will contribute to higher export value of
timber and forest products in the economy.
– VNTLAS will promote the progress of transparency in national forest management
and governance; increasing participation of stakeholders in the process of
socialization of the forestry sector.
– VNTLAS contributes to more opportunities for international access, in terms of
exploitation, processing and export of timber and forest products.