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Hanoi (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has approved a project on sustainable forest management and forest certification.

The project aims to focus on sustainable forest resource management and use while preserving biodiversity and protecting ecological environment and forest environment service values. It is also to promote the granting of forest certification in Vietnam that will recognise legal wood sources in order to help Vietnamese wood quality for domestic and international market criteria.

Accordingly, the project will certify 300,000 hectares of forests by 2020, with up to one million additional hectares certified by 2030. The areas in question are managed by organisations, households and the protection forest management board.

The goal is to establish planted forests as a source of wood to ensure at least 80 percent of Vietnam’s exported wood products are sustainably sourced.

In turn, this will reduce poverty and hunger among forest carers while expanding the forestry sector.

Vietnam will also recognise certificates issued by international organisations.

The project requires local authorities to use sustainable forest management practices to qualify for the certification.

Forest owners are encouraged to connect with wood processing businesses to form a coherent production chain.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has been assigned to instruct relevant businesses and localities to implement the project.

Vietnam currently has 235,000 hectares of certified forests, including 88,000 hectares of natural forests and 147,000 ha of planted forests.-VNA