The implementation of the Prime Minister’s Order No. 15 and the Lao-EU FLEGT process (Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade) go hand-in-hand.
This was highlighted at the annual FLEGT meeting held in Attapeu on 8 February, 2017 which was attended by representatives from government agencies, the National Assembly, the timber sector, members of academia, and civil society organisations.
“FLEGT supports the implementation of Prime Minister’s Order No. 15 in many respects,” said Vice Governor of Attapeu, Mr Souksamay Chanthamath.
“As part of the FLEGT process, a master plan to strengthen the Lao wood processing industry is being developed and a training centre to enhance the capacity of its companies on value adding processing is being established, thereby supporting the Prime Minister’s order to modernize the domestic timber sector. A mandatory national Chain of Custody system – input-output monitoring for timber in particular – is being drafted to strengthen the operations at the company-level, thereby further contributing to a modernized wood processing sector,” he added.
According to Mr Khamphout Phandanouvong, Director General of the Department of Forest Inspection and the Head of the National Support and Development Committee, additional areas where FLEGT supports implementation of Prime Minister’s Order No. 15 are:
Timber flow monitoring in the FLEGT pilot provinces of Attapeu, Khammuan and Xayaboury improves recording and management of data from the timber supply chain, thereby helping the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry to collect detailed information such as timber volumes and outstanding obligations at log landing 2, and helping to coordinate the handling of confiscated timber from different government agencies.
Regulation 0112 for timber harvesting in conversion areas is being revised and tested in pilot provinces to improve the demarcation of conversion areas for infrastructure and plantations to improve inventory of timber and the monitoring of harvesting operations.
Lao PDR is now starting to see the fruitful results of stronger forest governance and the intention to solve the country’s problems with illegal logging following the announcement of the Prime Minister’s Order No. 15 since May 2016.
The Lao-EU FLEGT process is one of the initiatives that contribute to helping the government of Lao PDR realise this goal and also improves forest governance throughout the timber supply chain.
Source: Lao News Agency