Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT)
As the Chair of the Steering Committee of the Network of Vietnamese NGOs on Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (NGO-FLEGT), SRD has been actively coordinating the development of the role and position of the Network. It enhances the capacity of the Network’s members in addition to providing important inputs to the negotiation and implementation process of VPA-FLEGT in Vietnam.
At the national level: SRD increased the capacity of the Network’s members through training workshops on a variety of themes. The themes of these workshops included community-based participatory research skills, community outreach, report and policy brief writing skills and independent monitoring in the VPA-FLEGT. Also, as the Chair of the VNGO-FLEGT Network, SRD connected member organizations of the Network and stakeholders through international and national workshops.
At the community level: SRD teamed up with member organizations of the VNGO-FLEGT Network to conduct community survey on the capacity to meet the legal requirements of the VPA in the six provinces of Yen Bai, Thai Nguyen, Thanh Hoa, Thua Thien Hue, Binh Dinh and Ba Ria Vung Tau. It also organized communication campaigns at the district level to raise public awareness of the VPA-FLEGT and offered local government officials opportunities to take part in training workshops on participatory LIA research and communication skills.
The central purpose of a Voluntary Partnership Agreement under the FLEGT Action Plan (VPA-FLEGT) between the European Union (EU) and timber-exporting countries outside the EU is to ensure the legal origin of timber and timber products imported by the EU. The agreement helps the timber-exporting countries prevent illegal exploitation by improving their forest governance. Established in January 2012, the VNGO-FLEGT Network has been making significant contributions to important elements of a Vietnamese VPA. The Network has contributed to enhancing capacity and promoting the participation of other stakeholders, especially NGOs and forest dependent communities, in the negotiation process of the VPA.