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Press Release: Forest related activities celebrating the 100th anniversary of the independence of the Republic of Finland and the Vietnam – Finland Friendship

The Republic of Finland celebrates 100 years of independence on the 6th of December 2017. Many events take place throughout the year to mark the occasion not only in Finland but also around the world under the theme “Together”. "Finland 100 years" highlights Finland's belief in equality, democracy and taking good care of each other. In Vietnam the jubilee year is celebrated in many important events across the country together with various actors. 

Finland is known for its forest resources, industry and innovations. Forest sector is also one of the long-term areas of cooperation between the two countries, as the first bilateral forest sector cooperation programme in Vietnam started in the mid-1990’s. As the highlight of the jubilee year approaches, the Embassy of Finland, together with three partners in Vietnam, will organize the following forest related activities linked to the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the independence of the Republic of Finland:


1.       Workshop on Plantation Forests and Timber Trade, which will be organized on Friday 24th November 2017 in collaboration with ActionAid Vietnam. The event will take place at 7.30 in Lotte Hotel, 54 Lieu Giai Street, Hanoi.


2.       Tree Planting Ceremony, which will be organized on Saturday 25th November 2017 together with Hanoi People's Committee. The event will take place at 7.00 at the roundabout of Tran Thai Tong St., Ton That Thuyet St. and Pham Van Bach St.


3.       Launching Ceremony on new MARD's decision on Forest Resource Monitoring System in the forestry sector. This event will be organized on 27th November 2017 together with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD). The event will take place at 15.00 in MARD's premises, 2 Ngoc Ha Street, Hanoi.


The workshop on Plantation Forests and Timber Trade is organized within the framework of the project "People’s participation in improving forest governance and poverty reduction" (PFG) in a context in which Vietnam’s timber exporting potential is hindered by a shortage of supply while the domestic raw timber market is underutilized. The workshop will create a platform for decision makers and stakeholders to discuss the current status, trends, and solutions to maximize the capacity of the domestic timber market, as well as the standards that domestic suppliers need to reach to meet the international market’s requirements.   

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According to a research report that will be presented by the Vietnam Forest Owner Association (VIFORA) at the workshop, in the past 16 years, Vietnam's timber products export turnover has increased from USD $311 million in 2000 to USD $6,926 million in 2016- an amount 22 times larger. However, the quality of wood produced from domestic forests is still limited and a little quantity is available at the market point. These factors have impacted negatively the competitiveness of Vietnam’s timber products on the international market and prevented domestic timber exports from realizing their potential.

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The workshop will attract the participation of representatives from VNFOREST, related Vietnamese government authorities, Finnish organizations and associations, forest rangers, Embassies and international organizations, forest-related projects, forest owners association, timber and forest products association, timber companies, forest owners, communities and media agencies.

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A great number of ideas and recommendations will be discussed in the workshop’s panel discussion, where leading wood and forestry associations are involved, including Finnish Forest Owner Association, Handicraft and Wood Industry Association of Ho Chi Minh City (HAWA), Association of Vietnam Timber and Forest Product (VIFORES) and Vietnam Forest Owners Association (VIFORA).


"100 Trees for Finland" is an activity jointly organized by the Embassy of Finland in Hanoi and the Hanoi People's Committee celebrating the jubilee year. The Finns have a saying "Who has planted a tree has not lived in vain!" Together with Hanoi People's Committee, we plant 100 trees at roundabout of Tran Thai Tong St., Ton That Thuyet St. and Pham Van Bach St. The tree planting activity highlights the celebration of the 100 years of the Independence of Finland, the long friendship between Vietnam and Finland, and the importance of green and sustainable cities.


The event will attract a large number of participants from Hanoi People's Committee, related Vietnamese government authorities, Embassies and international organizations, forest-related projects, communities, park and trees company, and media agencies.


A launching ceremony for decision on promulgation of Forest Resource Monitoring System issued by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development's will be organized on 27 November 2017 in Hanoi. The Forest Resource Monitoring System (FRMS) has been developed under the framework of project "Development of Management Information System for Forestry Sector", funded by Finland and Vietnam. The FRMS contributes to a more efficient forest resources monitoring and forestry management work nationwide.


Media Contact:

Embassy of Finland in Hanoi

Phone: +(84 24) 38266700

Fax: +(84 24) 38266766



Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development

Ms. Nguyen Thi Quynh, Communications Officer, Vietnam Administration of Forestry

No.2 Ngoc Ha st., Ba Dinh, Hanoi

Mobile phone: 0978609785



ActionAid Vietnam

Ms. Vu Minh Huyen

Communications Officer

5th Floor, 127 Lo Duc St, Hai Ba Trung Dist, Hanoi 

Tel: 024 3943 9866 (ext. 121) or  

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The project "People’s participation in improving forest governance and poverty reduction" (PFG) is funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and ActionAid Vietnam. The Project aims to encourage people to participate in forest governance with the aim of creating an open and interactive forestry space. It provides opportunities for local people to participate in the national forest management information system, thereby enhancing accountability in forest governance and contributing to poverty reduction in Viet Nam. The PFG project works in harmony with the Forestry Sector Information System Development Project (FORMIS) which was implemented earlier with financial and technical assistance from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland. Digitized data from this system will help improve the transparency of forest information so that the community can detect and prevent errors in forest management as well as corruption related to forest resources. The project is implemented in four provinces of Cao Bang, Dak Lak, Tra Vinh and Bac Lieu of Vietnam. |


The project "Development of Management Information System for the Forestry Sector" (FORMIS) is implemented by Vietnam Administration of Forestry (VNFOREST) under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD). The purpose of the Project is to develop a fully integrated Management Information System (MIS) for sustainable management of forest resources and in this way contribute to the alleviation of poverty in the socio-economic development framework of Vietnam. The key FORMIS activities are to create information standards and information sharing mechanism for the forestry sector to develop and maintain a centralized IT planform and portal within VNFOREST, to create capacity for forest related information management and to set up a Forest Information Centre/ IT Unit within VNFOREST. The Project is funded by the Government of Vietnam and the Government of Finland. FORMIS project has two phases started in 2009 and will be ended in 2018. The address for the Vietnam Forestry Information Portal (VNFOREST Portal) is: Information and documents of the FORMIS project can be accessed through the VNFOREST portal.  


ActionAid Vietnam (AAV) is a member of the ActionAid International (AAI). AAV has implemented development programs in the poorest and most remote areas of Vietnam since 1989. To date, AAV has supported nearly 30 provinces and cities across the country. AAV's activities focus on raising the awareness, understanding and capacity of the poor and disadvantaged, so they actively participate in the economic, social and political lives of their families and their communities, to develop harmoniously, sustainably and equitably.