Việt Nam boosts fight against illegal timber products

Illegally harvested timber, as well as traders of this item, will not be able to enter the supply chain Việt Nam is putting in place under the Voluntary Partnership Agreement on Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (VPA/FLEGT), an official has said.

Director General of Vietnam Forest Administration (VNFOREST) Nguyễn Quốc Trị was speaking at a two-day technical exchange on the Viet Nam timber legality assurance system (VNTLAS) in Hà Nội on Thursday and Friday.

Trí said VNFOREST was drafting a decree regulating VNTLAS, guiding the implementation of VPA/FLEGT articles and the Law on Forestry. The draft decree’s two important most contents are accountability and verification.

“These two contents are new in Viet Nam and very difficult for the drafting board. During the drafting process, we received many comments from groups affected by this decree. We will absorb these comments to implement the decree effectively,” Trí said.

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