VNGO-FLEGT to Comment for the 5th Draft of the Legality Definition

The VNGO&FLEGT Network was formulated in January 2012 and currently consists of 20 non-governmental organizations, and research institutes and development centers from several universities nationwide. Represented for the network is a Core Group consisting of fourorganisations: the Centre of Research and Development in Upland Areas (CERDA), the Centre for Sustainable Development in Mountainous Areas (CSDM), People and Nature Reconciliation (PanNature) and the Centre for Sustainable Rural Development (SRD).

In the spirit of the meeting hosted by the Standing Office on March 20, 2012 addressing the on-going VPA/FLEGT negotiation process and the role of civil society organizations in Vietnam, upon receiving the 5th Draft of Legality Definitions on Timber and Timber Products and the Letter of Invitation from the Standing Office, the Core Group has announced and forwarded all of these documents to the other member organizations and individuals in the Network to collect their comments, and then prepared the document.

The VNGO&FLEGT comment for the Legality Definition has already sent to the FLEGT and Lacey Standing Office, Vietnam Forest Administration of Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development on April 30th, 2012.

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