Publications (2018-2019)

Publications (208-2019)

In the assessments in Dong Nai, households doing business and producing wood products emerged as a popular group. Initial observations show that this group is characterized by a timber wood processing village, although it uses a considerable amount of wood but is under less pressure to enforce legal regulations. A deeper understanding of this group of wood business households (HHs) is very interesting and can reveal some current policy gaps. This report summarizes the results of the survey on this household group in Dong Nai province.

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Vietnam is expected to officially sign the VPA/FLEGT with the EU by the end of 2018 and submit it to the Government for approval in early 2019. As a series of new regulations for timber enterprises will be enacted when VPA is implemented, namely the Legality Definition (LD), Vietnam Timber Legality Assurance System (VNTLAS), Organization Classification System (OCS), Vietnamese timber enterprises, especially small enterprises, will need a lot of technical assistance to meet these requirements. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) supports the Center for Rural Development (CRD) in Central Vietnam in implementing the Project: "Supporting small enterprises in complying with timber legality requirements for effective participation in domestic and international legal timber supply chains" for a period of 18 months. The project is implemented in collaboration with the Center for Education and Development (CED) and the Highlands Center of People and Environment (COPE).

CRD with support from CED and COPE have conducted a rapid assessment on small and medium enterprises (SMEs) on their compliance with Legality Definition (LD), Vietnam Timber Legality Assurance System (VNTLAS) as required by the Voluntarily Partnership Agreement (VPA). The assessment results will serve as basis for capacity building activities planned by the project for related stakeholders at provincial levels. It is expected that provincial organizations and institutions will be able to provide technical assistance to SMEs to meet the requirements of LD, VNTLAS and help them effectively participate in VPA's implementation. The needs assessment for capacity building focuses on SMEs’ compliance capacity with the current LD, capacity and interests of business associations, local civil society organizations and Forest Protection Department in VNTLAS and OCS. Field surveys conducted in Quang Tri and Dong Nai provinces showed various types of timber enterprises operating in these two provinces (private enterprises, state owned enterprises, foreign direct investment - FDI enterprises), however, most of them are small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in terms of scale.

Field surveys in these two provinces were conducted in two phases. In the first phase, consultation, group work and in-depth interviews were conducted with 16 provincial stakeholders, local associations and civil society organizations from 14 June 2018 to 28 June 2018 (10 agencies in Quang Tri, 6 agencies in Dong Nai). In the second phase, the project team, together with the stakeholders participated in the consultation of the first phase, evaluated 93 enterprises and households in the two provinces from 02 August 2018 to 17 August 2018 (42 enterprises and 3 households in Quang Tri, and 48 enterprises in Dong Nai).

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