News archive 2014


Assessing timber processing enterprises’ and the media’s need for information on the VPA in Vietnam

Vietnam's timber exporters see challenges ahead in fulfilling the technical requirements for assuring the legality of timber used in the processing industry, as the country continues negotiating a VPA with the EU. Many timber processing enterprises are unaware of the VPA and how it may affect their business operations.

To determine the need for information, the Center for Education and Development (CED) assessed current understanding, practices and the information and training needs related to the Vietnam-EU VPA of small and medium sized businesses. CED conducted the needs assessment in six timber-processing hubs, which are the provinces of Quang Nam, Da Nang, Binh Dinh and Binh Duong and the municipalities of Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. 

CED also met with provincial business associations and representatives from key media outlets to evaluate their capacity to communicate and inform stakeholders in the forest sector about the Vietnam-EU VPA that is being negotiated. CED and its partner, the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI), discussed the assessment results during a one-day training event held in Hanoi on 9 July 2014. About 90 participants from civil society, business associations, media outlets and the Vietnam Administration of Forestry (VNFOREST) made recommendations to a draft media and outreach plan that CED and VCCI will implement.

CED regularly shares the results of its activities through the VPA communication working group coordinated by VNFOREST. These activities are a part of the CED project 'Capacity building of business associations and media to engage in FLEGT to provide information on FLEGT and related issues' funded by the EU FAO FLEGT Programme.

For more information, visit CED or VNFOREST websites.