2011 - 2012

South-East Asia:

Studies for Understanding Timber Flows and their Control

Key Staff:

Kirsti Thornber

These two studies formed part of the work plan of the FLEGT Asia programme, the overall goal of which is the promotion of good forest governance, contributing to poverty eradication and sustainable management of natural resources in Asia. In the context of the Government of Lao PDR (GoL) and the Government of Thailand’s (GoT) preparations for VPA negotiations with the European Union (EU), these studies provided thorough understanding of the domestic and imported timber flows in each country, and their control through Government agencies. These informed the GoL, GoT and the EU about the tracking of timber flows in the countries and requirements on consultation, within the framework of FLEGT VPA. The studies were conducted in close cooperation with the Laos and Thai Governments, in particular the FLEGT Focal Points. Our two teams were responsible for the following core tasks:

  • Desktop analysis of timber production and movements
  • Development of a generic model for each country that maps the principle timber supply chains
  • Description of documentation, field verification, licensing and control tasks of the government agencies
  • Identification of key points in the supply chains where timber from non-verified sources could enter
  • Field based analysis of example supply chains
  • Revision of generic supply chain models
  • Stakeholder workshops on FLEGT and stakeholder engagement in Laos
  • Presentation of preliminary findings at national workshops

Update, October 2012: The Timber Flows and their Control in Thailand report has now been published and is available for download here.

Clients: European Forest Institute



Geography: Lao People's Democratic Republic, Thailand

Date: 2011 - 2012

Keywords: EU, European Union, EC, European Commission, EFI, FLEGT, timber, forests

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