About 37% of Thailand's land area is forested, and most of the country's remaining natural forests are now protected. The country's timber comes from plantation forests or is imported from other countries, especially Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar.
Thailand is a regional manufacturing hub for wood products. It is also the world's largest producer of rubberwood products from plantations, supplying Thailand's particleboard and furniture industry. The country is a major supplier of wood furniture and other timber products to leading consumer markets including China, the EU, Japan and the US.
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment is the lead ministry in the VPA negotiations with the EU. Both parties to the negotiations announced the official beginning of negotiations on 11 September 2013.
For more information, visit the Thai FLEGT secretariat website.
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- Stakeholders explore options for improving legal compliance and enforcement related to forest conversion in Mekong countries 10.10.2014
- Stakeholders from Mekong countries discuss ideas for forest governance curriculum 13.01.2014
- Thailand sets up new institutions to manage the VPA process 09.12.2013
- Regional Workshop on Capacity Building Needs to Support Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT) in Asia 27.09.2013
- Thailand and EU announce the start of VPA negotiations 13.09.2013
- Joint press release by Thailand and the EU on the first session of VPA negotiations, 30 June 2017 [PDF]
- Joint press release by Thailand and the EU on the official launch of VPA negotiations, 11 September 2013 [PDF]
- Baseline study, Thailand: Overview of Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (EN TH)
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