This Field-shop is hosted by WWF Vietnam, in collaboration with FSC New Approaches Initiative to Smallholders.
Vietnam's forest cover stands at 9.8 million hectares, which is about 30% of the land area. Vietnam is no. 6 globally in wood product exports and no.1 in woodchip export (mostly from Acacia). About 24 million people live in or around forests depending on them for food and income. More than 1 million people earn their income from bamboo or rattan.
During the last century these forest landscapes have diminished severely due to population pressure and an increasing demand for timber. The timber market booming in Vietnam is fed by nearly 80% of imports from neighboring countries, e.g. Laos, where up to 90% of the forests are exploited illegally.
This Fiel-shop will generate capacity development to the implementation of smallholders’ livelihoods and forestry projects, to discuss challenges and new ideas that triggers smallholders’ benefits as a result of FSC certification in the Great Mekong context.
Further information will be provided soon.