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Laos readies for forest law enforcement with EU

Vientiane Times, November 6, 2015.

The government is preparing to negotiate the first round of a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) in the EU’s Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan for illegal logging prevention and to increase the value of wood exports . The negotiations are expected to start at the beginning of next year when Laos is ready for every stage of the first round, the Forestry Inspection Department Director General, Mr. Khamphouth Phandanouvong, told Vientiane Times yesterday.

FLEGT to improve wood processing health and safety

Vientiane Times, March 06, 2015

The work performance and protection of workers will soon be upgraded in the wood processing sector with a one-year project known as “Improving Occupational Safety and Health at Wood Processing Sector and Timber Legality Definition”. The project will be led by the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare at the end of 2015 in the framework of the FLEGT (Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade) initiative it was announced at a recent meeting in Vientiane. The meeting brought together 40 key participants from relevant departments from line ministries, Lao Federation of Trade Unions, Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Lao Furniture Association, Lao Timber Processing Industry Association, other private sector and relevant agencies to gain an understanding of the contents and objectives of the project.

Certified timber legality on way for wood industries

Vientiane Times, 12 November 2014

The Department of Forest Inspection, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF), and the European Union (EU) recently held talks on the process of defining timber legality under the FLEGT process. The Lao government has entered into a Voluntary Partnership Agreement for FLEGT (Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade), with the latest talks centring on certifying timber legality to ensure a sustainable supply of raw materials for the wood industries as well as promoting sustainable forest management.

VN’s timber ‘ban’ has a catch

Phnom Penh Post, Thu, 6 November 2014

Vietnam’s announcement that it would temporarily suspend the import and re-export of unprocessed timber from Cambodia and Laos may not benefit the Kingdom’s forests as much as it may seem, experts on the timber trade told the Post yesterday. Vietnam’s Ministry of Industry and Trade, which declined to comment immediately for this article, made the announcement in a circular released Tuesday, which takes effect on December 8.

Timber exports to come under greater scrutiny

Vientiane Times, 8 July, 2013

Finance Minister Phouphet Khamphounvong last week issued an instruction to various departments to pay more attention in managing wood exports, aiming to ensure that all revenues from timber flow to the national budget. In the past years, the government has issued a number of laws, regulations and decrees to manage wood exports but these have been insufficiently enforced, creating loopholes for illegal logging activities.

LIWG Statement on Forest Tenure Rights

LIWG, Nov 30,2012

On Sunday December 2nd 2012 the Forest Day 6 will take place in Doha, Qatar. The LIWG wants to use this opportunity to release a tatement on Forest Tenure Rights. Securing community forest tenure rights supports sustainable forest management and reduces greenhouse gas emissions from forest loss. However, tenure rights are currently extremely weak in Laos, particularly in rural areas, and there is an urgent need to improve them. Reassessing forest tenure rights is essential for international mechanisms such as REDD+ and FLEGT to be successful, as well as achieving the nationally stated goal of increasing national forest cover to 55% by 2015 and 70 by 2020.

EU tightens timber import regulations

Vientiane Times, March 14, 2012

The European Union will not allow any timber products originating from illegal sources to enter its markets once new timber legislation comes into force next year. Chargé Affaires of the EU Delegation to Laos Mr Michel Goffin made this clear to Vientiane Times during a visit yesterday to Burapha Agro Forestry Co., Ltd (BAFCO) in Saen-oudom village, Xaythany district, Vientiane. “The EU market will only be open to legally sourced wood so if people are cutting wood illegally, it won’t be exported to Europe,” he said.

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