Preparing readiness for aligning EUDR in Vietnam’s rubber sector

The European Union’s Deforestation Regulation (EUDR) comes into force in June 2023. The goal of EUDR is to prevent deforestation and forest degradation, contributing to environment protection and climate change mitigation. Accordingly, commercial agricultural goods in the EU market will have to meet and demonstrate requirements on deforestation and forest degradation throughout the entire supply chain. EUDR stipulates that 7 commercial sectors in the EU will be controlled including wood and wood products, rubber, coffee, cocoa, beef, oil palm and soybeans. For Vietnam, three sectors are coffee, rubber, wood and wood products which are forecast to be significantly affected by EUDR regulations.

Implementing the goal of sustainable development of the rubber industry and meeting market requirements, on May 4, 2024, in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Rubber Group (VRG) coordinated with the Vietnamese Academy of Forest Sciences (VAFS) and the Vietnam Forest Certification Office (VFCO) organized a workshop on “Developing Action Plan to Adapt to EUDR Regulation”. The workshop was participated by Mr. Tran Cong Kha – Chairman of VRG, VRG Board of Directors and about 100 delegates who are leaders and technical staffs of 63 rubber companies. At the workshop, Mr. Tran Lam Dong – Vice President of VAFS, and Mr. Vu Tan Phuong – Director of VFCO, shared the requirements of EUDR, the draft PEFC EUDR Due Diligence System standard (PEFC EUDR DDS). The workshop discussed and agreed to prepare for EUDR implementation through establishing EUDR DDS, building capacity and implementing PEFC EUDR certification in the Vietnam Forest Certification Scheme (VFCS/PEFC).

VFCO will continue to coordinate closely with PEFC and VRG to promote sustainable rubber industry development through certification of sustainable forest management (SFM) and chain of custody (CoC) associated with the EUDR Due Diligence System (PEFC EUDR DDS).


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