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NGOs in Lao PDR attend workshop on FLEGT

Village Focus International held a workshop in Vientiane on 21 June to inform non-profit organisations working in the south of the country about the EU FLEGT Action Plan. It was the first time any of the 25 participants had attended a workshop on FLEGT.

During the discussion, the participants agreed that forest issues in Laos are very challenging and that the VPA process could bring together stakeholders to work towards better governance in the forest sector.

The participants recommended that a FLEGT network be created as a first step. They see a role for non-profit organisations to disseminate information, raise awareness and provide input into the VPA.