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Posts Tagged ‘timber’

Laos intends to use the VPA process for forestry development

Vientiane Times, July 27, 2015.

Laos is enhancing its efforts to implement the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade, Voluntary Partnership Agreement (FLEGT-VAP) as it seeks to further the development of the forestry sector. With support from Germany´s Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the Department of Forestry Inspection under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry held an introduction workshop on the forestry legal compendium in Vientiane last week.

Poor accounting hollows out timber revenues

Vientiane Times, July 08, 2015. 

The Ministry of Finance has identified numerous loopholes in the accounting of timber sold by local authorities that meant the government has been missing out on much needed revenue. The government has set the target to collect revenue of 100 billion kip from the sale of its timbers for the 2014-15 fiscal year but in the past six months of this fiscal year only 13 billion kip was collected. Of particular concern was the sale of timber acquired from state stockpiles, as the revenue was not being paid back to the national budget by local authorities, the ministry has said.

Overloaded trucks fined 161m in Vietnam

Vientiane Times, 22 April 2015

Twenty five overloaded trucks carrying timber from Laos into Vietnam have been fined a total of VND430 million (more than 161 million kip) after an eight-day inspection at weigh stations in Vietnam’s Nghe An Province, local media reported. The trucks, among the 200 that were checked, were reportedly carrying from five to 30 percent more than allowed capacity during April 8 – 15, the Vietnam Net reported last week. Local Deputy Chief Transport Inspector Phan Huy Chuong told the Vietnam Net that the trucks underwent checks on National Highway 7 when travelling to the province from the Nam Can border crossing.

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.

Public urged to help identify illegal loggers

Vientiane Times, 17 Jan 2015

Accurate information and evidence are essential for bringing to justice illegal loggers and wood traders, and forestry authorities are calling on the public to help in this matter. Deputy Director General of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry’s Department of Forest Inspection, Mr Paphakone Vongxay, recently called for public support when responding to questions on illegal logging put to the National Assembly through telephone hotline calls.

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.

Vietnam to ban timber imports

Phnom Penh Post, Wed, 5 November 2014

Vietnam will be enacting a “temporary suspension” of timber imports and re-exports sourced from natural forests in Cambodia and Laos, according to a government circular from the country’s Ministry of Industry and Trade. The circular takes full effect on December 8 but does not indicate when the suspension will end. Officials from the Ministry of Industry and Trade did not reply to requests for comment.

Laos enters negotiation on EU FLEGT

Vientiane Times, 23 Oct 2014

Assurance of the legality of Lao timber is a step closer after negotiations with the European Union (EU) regarding forestry law enforcement, governance and trade commenced.  The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry announced the progress on the issue yesterday in Vientiane.

The Forestry Department Director General, Mr Thongphat Vongmany spoke at a press conference during the 4th Sub-Regional Training Workshop on Timber Legality Assurance in Vientiane, which runs from October 22-24. He said the Lao side still has several issues requiring discussion with the EU FLEGT and Asean nations attending the training workshop. “Are we ready to enter the EU FLEGT? The answer is not yet, due to the fact we still need more discussion on this,” he said.

Pilot scheme to eradicate illegal logging

Vientiane Times, 24 July 2014

The exportation of logs is undergoing a pilot scheme in an attempt to address the issue of illegal logging in Laos. Despite the government prohibiting the exportation of logs in order to boost domestic supplies to wood processing plants and adding value by processing wood products before exporting them, logs are still seen to be exported with several complaints being made on the issue.

Officials seize illegal timber in Khammuan

Vientiane Times, 23 July 2013

Customs officials in Khammuan province recently announced they confiscated illegal wood worth over 238 million kip in the first six months this year. The seized timber consists of 12,000 kg of may kha young (rosewood), valued at 200 million kip, 2.6 cubic metres of may kham phi (Burmese rosewood), worth 5 million kip, and 4.2 cubic metres of may du (Pterocarpus), valued at over 33 million kip.

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