A project, entitled ’Promotion of Sustainable Management of Production Forests by Forest Companies in Vietnam’, has been jointly implemented by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD).

The project supports sustainable forestry management and has three main objectives: Strengthening sustainable forest management in the selected state forest companies, establishing a training centre for sustainable forest management and establishing a training centre for sustainable forest management and forest certification.

The Forestry Development Strategy 2006-20 is at the forefront of concerns for the Vietnamese forestry sector, and has set a target of having at least three per cent of production forest areas certified as managed in a sustainable fashion by 2020. However, currently, the implementation of sustainable forest management and forest certification in the country is far behind expected targets.

This new project will be carried out in the period between 2017 and 2019, with a total funding of 692,185 euros (US$772,000) and a counterpart fund of 55,000 euros ($61,000).

It is expected to make a significant contribution to capacity building for the stakeholders in the field of sustainable forest management in Vietnam, contributing to the implementation of a forest sector restructuring project.

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