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Presentation on FLEGT to the National Assembly of Lao PDR

On 08 November, EFI's EU FLEGT Asia programme, in collaboration with the EU Delegation to Laos, presented FLEGT at the first intersession meeting of the 7th legislation of the National Assembly (NA) of Lao PDR to a group of its 132 members.

During the session, legislators viewed a film on illegal logging, which clarifies the EU Timber Regulation and highlights the concept and process of VPAs.  Mr Thongsavanh, the Head of the Lao Wood Industry Association and member of the Lao FLEGT Focal Point, gave his views on the pros and cons of a VPA, and why Lao PDR should move ahead with this process in the sake of its forests, industry and people. The FLEGT presentation was preceded by REDD+ presentations by the Department of Forestry and GIZ. Linkages between FLEGT and REDD+ were highlighted.