Aida Greenbury of Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) today joined business and environmental leaders to develop global forest restoration initiatives at the 2015 meeting of the Bonn Challenge in Germany. Speaking at the meeting, Aida Greenbury of Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) called for more sustainable, long-term, multi-stakeholder partnerships to be implemented in the fight against deforestation and climate change. On the topic of APP’s experiences in Indonesia, Greenbury said: “Land cannot be conserved or restored in isolation, the sustainability of the entire landscape must be taken into account and many stakeholders must be involved.”
“Our goal is to significantly increase the number of certified hectares in Vietnam,” said Ha Cong Tuan, Vietnam’s Vice Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), prior to the launch of the Vietnam Forest Certification Office (VAFS) last week in Hanoi, Vietnam.
The Vietnamese government has formulated a Forestry Development Strategy to help achieve this goal. This includes the target to establish, manage, protect and sustainably use 16.2 million hectares of forestland by 2020, and to certify at least 3 million hectares by 2030.
“Sustainable forest management is a key focus of the Vietnamese government. We are prioritizing sustainable forest management in accordance with international practices, in order to increase the certified forest area by 2030,” Vice Minister Ha Cong Tuan confirmed.
The newly established office will coordinate forest certification activities in Vietnam and manage the national forest certification system, including its application to PEFC for endorsement.
“I am delighted about the establishment of a new Vietnamese Forest Certification Office, and we are looking forward to Vietnam becoming the a national member of PEFC,” commented Ben Gunneberg, CEO of PEFC International.
“We are glad to have been able to support the country in addressing a number of challenges within the forestry sector, and to assist in the development of Vietnam’s forest certification system. It is great to see that the Vietnamese system will make certification accessible to small forest owners and companies, which has been one of the challenges in the past.”
The launch of VAFS follows the approval of a project on sustainable forest management and forest certification by establishing the national forest certification system, in line with PEFC international requirements, by the Vietnamese Prime Minister last year.