Closing workshop of project “Promotion of sustainable management of production forest of forest companies in Vietnam” (PSFM)

On June 23, 2020, the Closing Workshop of the project “Promotion of sustainable management of production forest of forest companies in Vietnam” (PSFM) was held by Vietnam Academy of Forestry Sciences (VAFS) in Dong Hoi city, Quang Binh provice with the approval of stakeholders.

The conference was attended by more than 50 participants, including delegates from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the General Department of Forestry, the Vietnam Forest Certification Office, the partners participating in the project implementation; local forestry management agencies, forestry companies, forestry cooperatives and forest owners’ associations in Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Thua Thien Hue, Quang Nam and Quang Ngai provinces. On the sponsor side, the German Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) and GFA Company were unable to attend due to the covid-19 epidemic, but participated in an online meeting during the seminar.

In order to promote the implementation of Sustainable Forest Management and Forest Certification, the German Ministry of Agriculture and Food has sponsored and cooperated with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Vietnam to implement the PSFM project. VAFS is the project owner, Truong Son State Forest Enterprise belongs to Long Dai Holding and Forest Science Center of North Central Vietnam (FSNC) along with two German consulting firms (DFS GmbH and HessenForst) are project implementation partners.

From June 2017 to June 2020, after 3 years of implementation, the project has completed 3 main results: (1) The position of Truong Son SFC representing a certified model FMU is further improved and stabilized; (2) Competence Centre for sustainable forest management and certification is operational; (3) Experiences in SFM and certification are disseminated/upscaled to other State Forest Companies.

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Through the reports presented at the workshop, the highlight of the project’s results was the establishment and operation of the Competence for Sustainable Forest Management and Forest Certification. After being established, the Competence Center has completed the organizational structure, trained the trainers, developed the training programs and teaching materials, equipped with facilities and training sites. Moreover, the Competence Center has successfully responsible for upsclaling the model by organizing training courses, consulting and transferring to forest owners and forestry management agencies in many provinces in central of Vietnam.

The discussions of the delegates highly appreciated the results of the PSFM project. At the same time, they hope that the project will continue to support forestry companies and groups of afforestation households in the central region to expand to the whole country to develop the forestry industry in a sustainable way, meeting the needs of timber for the processing industry, environmental protection, biodiversity… The delegates expressed their belief that the project results will be a solid foundation for the future development of the Competence Center.

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