With the aim of seeking for solution supporting households who growing, harvesting, transporting and processing timber in meeting VPA/FLEGT requirements on timber legality, the Network VNGO-FLEGT, in 2016, conducted researches on the ability of complying with timber legality definition (LD) at household level in 7 provinces of Vietnam including Quang Ninh, Hoa Binh, Nghe An, Quang Nam, Quang Binh, Kon Tum and Binh Dinh.
Early of 2017, the VNGO-FLEGT Network continued carrying out this research in Thanh Son district, Phu Tho province with the participation of its network members, including the Centre for Sustainable Rural Development (SRD), Reseach Institute for Sustainable Forest Management and Forest Certification (SFMI), Northwest Centre for Application and Transformation of Sciences and Technology under technical support regarding research methodology of professional researcher from the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), Vietnam.
In Thanh Son district (Phu Tho province), three selected communes: Thuc Luyen, Cu Thang and Huong Can, where a large number of households allocated with forest land and engaged in buying-selling, transporting and processing timber were carried out with information collection process. Several in-depth interviews and focused-group discussions were also conducted with the participation of representatives and other relating stakeholders from district and communal levels.
All data and information collected from this research will be analyzed for in order to find the root causes of relating issues, and then, made possible recommendations to ensure that households growing, harvesting, buying-selling, transporting and processing timber gain the benefits from VPA-FLEGT as soon as it would be implemented.