Vietnam: National certification standard announced

On 7 January 2020, the FSC national standard for Vietnam was announced in Hanoi. This national standard is being promoted as a tool for Vietnam to manage its forests sustainably and at the same time promote responsible wood processing and trade.

According to VNFOREST, Vietnam currently has over around 200,000 ha. of FSC certified forests. The national standard for Vietnam was developed in accordance with FSC’s system for the development and maintenance of Forest Stewardship Standards.

This defines certification requirements for all forest operations in Vietnam, including for Small and Low Intensity Managed Forests.

A review of Forest Stewardship Standards is ongoing and revised Principles & Criteria version 5-2 will be applied. Current standards are valid until replaced by a new Forest Stewardship Standard. According to Vu Thi Que Anh, Country Director, FSC Vietnam, The national standard will be effective from 1 May 2020.

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