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Quang Tri: FSC forest management certification for 22,000 hectares of forest

Over 22,000 hectares of forest in the central province of Quang Tri received the FSC forest management certification, which means the forest land has been managed in a way that preserves natural ecosystem while benefiting local livelihood and ensuring economic sustainability, as of March, 2018.

Accounting for 40 percent of the nation’s total FSC forest area, Quang Tri province is taking the lead in FSC forest development. Over 20,200 hectares of FSC wood have been planted by Ben Hai, Duong 9 and Trieu Hai forest firms while nearly 1,900 hectares have been developed by 570 households in Vinh Linh and Hai Lang districts.

The local agricultural sector is striving to have more than 42,000 hectares of forest certified as FSC wood.

According to head of Vinh Linh district’s agriculture and rural development office Le Tien Dung, each hectare of FSC forest generates an income from 18-21 million VND, three times higher than normal economic forest.

The local wood production industry has been thriving thanks to the high-quality wood from the FSC forests. The province’s wood-based products like Medium-density fibreboard (MDF), butt-joint board and wood pellet have gained foothold in fastidious markets like the US, the EU, Japan and the Republic of Korea.

There are ten principles that any forest operation must adhere to before it can receive FSC forest management certification. Those cover a broad range of issues, from environmental impacts to community relations and workers’ rights.

Quang Tri province is currently housing over 334,000 hectares of forest land, 171,000 hectares of which are zoned off for forest plantation.