Strengthening Voices for Better Choices: Working toward better forest governance

07 October 2007 | News story

Strengthening Voices for Better Choices (SVBC) project coordination team members from around the world met in Brazil this September to strategize how to institute improved forest governance in the Global South.

Strengthening Voices for Better Choices (SVBC) project coordination team members from around the world met in Brazil this September to strategize how to institute improved forest governance in the Global South.
 

The SVBC project aims to enable and actively implement forest governance arrangements that facilitate and promote sustainable and equitable forest conservation in six representative countries. Viet Nam is one of the six country partners.

The complex structure of SVBC project and the nature of its activities demand an unusual high degree of project coordination, and the project coordination team plays a crucial role in providing a platform to shape the direction and contents of the project. Based on the outcomes of this coordination meeting, priority actions for subsequent stages of the country projects were revised accordingly.

SVBC practitioners also participated in workshops to enhance their understanding of good forest governance in developing countries. Visits to SVBC project sites in the state of Acre, Brazil illustrated the lessons learned in the workshops.

Currently, SVBC Viet Nam is working to contribute, as appropriate, to the development and testing of specific new mechanisms proposed in the Forest Law Enforcement and Governance (FLEG) action plan. FLEG is an initiative of the European Commission to curb informal timber trade.

One of these mechanisms is the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) between timber producing countries, of which Viet Nam is one partner, and the European Union.

An informal meeting with organizations in Viet Nam who have a vested interest in FLEG activities was hosted in Hanoi by IUCN also in this September. Discussion during the meeting has identified the existing gaps and proposed future activities to assist the Vietnamese timber industry to adhere to norms of good governance for the sustainable management of forest resources, with support from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and other ministries.   

Adhering to the regulations set of the Voluntary Partnership Agreements of the FLEG action plan represents an exciting opportunity for Viet Nam to develop innovative natural resource management mechanisms.  

For further information about the SVBC project globally and in Viet Nam, please contact Dr. Nguyen Van San at san@iucn.org.vn

 


This image shows the courtship behavior of Indian Bull frogs (Holobatrachus tigerinus). During the monsoon, the breeding males become bright yellow in color, while females remain dull. The prominent blue vocal sacs of male produce strong nasal mating call.