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Comment on the Draft 6 of Timber

Comment on the Draft 6 of Timber and Timber product legality definition and the Draft 3 of TLAS for VPA/FLEGT negotiation with EU

For next official VPA/FLEGT negotiation round between Viet Nam and EU, VNFOREST continues to call for comments on the Draft 6 of Timber and timber product legality definition and the Draft 3 of TLAS.

Comments should be sent before 28 February, 2013 to FLEGT and Lacey Standing Office, VNFOREST, MARD, 2 Ngoc Ha, Ba Dinh Ha Noi, fax: 04.38438793, or via email: nguyentuongvan.ln@mard.gov.vnnguyenminhthuong.vnforest@gmail.com.

The Draft 6 of Timber and timber product legality definition
The Draft 3 of TLAS – Organizations
The Draft 3 of TLAS – Households

List of Partnership Steering Committee members

List of Partnership Steering Committee members

List of Partnership Steering Committee members

Full name

Organisation

Tel

Fax

Email

Hứa Đức Nhị Vice Minister, MARD 04.38436172 huaducnhi@yahoo.com
Juergen Hess Manager, Management of Natural Resources programme, GIZ 04.39329576 04.39329575 juergen.hess@giz.de
Phạm Văn Tấn Deputy Director, International Cooperation Department, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment 04.37735084 04.38352191 pvtan@monre.gov.vn
Đinh Ngọc Minh Deputy Director, Agriculture Economic Department, Ministry of Planning and Investment 04.38355310 04.38234716 ngocminhmpi@yahoo.com.vn
Nguyễn Thị Hồng Yến Deputy Director, Department of Debt Management and International Finance, Ministry of Finance 04.22202828 nguyenhongyen@mof.gov.vn
Trần Kim Long Deputy Director, International Cooperation Department, MARD 04.38434682 04.37330752 tklongidmard@fpt.vn
Nguyễn Văn Hà Deputy Director, Department of Finance, MARD 04.37345865 04. 38237535 ngvanha@yahoo.com
Phạm Xuân Thịnh Senior Specialist, Department of Planning, MARD 04.38432615 04.38233811 thinh.dop@gmail.com
Nguyễn Nghĩa Biên Director, Department of Planning and Finance, Administratrion of Forestry, MARD 04.38439185 bienforest@gmail.com
Hoàng My Lan Senior programme officer, SDC 04.93346627 04.39346633 lan.hoang@sdc.net
Lê Thị Thu Hường Programme Coordinator, Finland Embassy 04. 3826 6788, ext: 213 04.3826 6766 huong.lethithu@formin.fi
Yuriko Shoji FAO Viet Nam Representative 04.39424208 04.39423257 yuriko.shoji@fao.org
Noriyoshi Kitamura Forestry Programme Advisior, JICA 04.38439120 04.38439120 noriyoshi.kitamura@gmail.com
Nguyễn Quang Tân National coordinator, RECOFTC Việt Nam 04.37264745 04.37264746 tan@recoftc.org
Ngô Thị Kim Yến PS-ARD management and support board, Helvetas 04.38431750 04.38431744 kim.yen@helvetas.org
Trịnh Lê Nguyên Director, Pan Nature 04.35564001 04.35568941 nguyen@nature.org.vn
Vũ Thị Hiền Director, CERDA 04.62690174 04.62690848 tranvuhientk@yahoo.com
Nguyễn Tôn Quyền Vice President, General Secretary, VIFORES 04.62782122 04.37833016 info@vietfores.org
Nguyễn Xuân Vỹ Hà Tĩnh forest protection sub-department, Northern Centre RFN 039.3857808 039.3858024 nguyenxuanvyht@gmail.com
Lê Văn Minh Vice director, DARD Lâm Đồng, Central Highlands RFN 063.3831995 063.3828630 vodinhthodalat@gmail.com
Nguyễn Bá Ngãi Director, FSSP CO 04.38438792 04.38438793 nguyenbangai@gmail.com

Forest Sector Supporet Partnership – Terms of Partnership Steering Committee (PSC)

This document constitutes the Terms of Reference describing main functions, tasks, institutional structure, rights and responsibilities, and mode of operations of the Partnership Steering Committee (PSC) for the period of 2011-2015.

Main Functions

PSC provides Chairman, Co-chair and MARD, Viet Nam Administration of Forestry with advisory ideas on strategic and key issues of the forest sector and VFDS implementation in certain period.

Tasks

PSC will made decision on priority issues and topics for FSSP forum and provide guidance and monitor FSSP CO operations.

More specifically its responsibilities include:

  • PSC forms the principle forum to discuss and achieve increased harmonisation of policies and programs, effectiveness and efficiency in allocation of resources and sector monitoring, and thus assists MARD leaders, especially the Vice-Minister who is the FSSP Partnership Chair, in considering National Forest Strategy funding priorities and possible sources of support, and thereby identifies priority actions for the Partnership and suggests to the Partnership stakeholders the possibilities for a division of tasks among stakeholders;
  • Via the FSSP Coordination Office, PSC obtains feedback from, and provides guidance to the Forestry Regional Networks, any working groups established under the Partnership and any other relevant committees; and
  • PSC supervises and oversees the FSSP Coordination Office activities, including the reporting, annual work plans and budgets, and assigns tasks to the FSSP CO to help realise the PSC or Partnership objectives..

PSC is empowered to make decisions on the following issues:

  • Approve annual Work Plan of the FSSP CO and the Budget for the Partnership and CO operations, which are financed through the CO Trust Fund;
  • Approve the topics, agenda, and arrangements for the Partnership meetings;
  • Recommend to the Partnership priorities for sector support, with suggestions on how different stakeholders can provide support.

Institutional structure

Members of the Partnership Steering Committee may include:

  • PSC Chairman is FSSP Chairman (MARD Vice-Minister, VNFOREST Director General
  • PSC Co-chair is FSSP Co-chair (representative of international partners) working on rotation basis (one – year term)
  • Representatives from the Government of Viet Nam including 4 members from MARD (VNFOREST:1, International Cooperation Department:1, Planning Department: 2, Finance Department:1), 1 from MONRE, 1 from MPI, and 1 from Ministry of Finance
  • Donor representatives: 2-3
  • Representative of bilateral organizations: 1
  • Representative of Multilateral organizations: 1
  • Representative of international Non-Governmental Organizations (INGOs): 1
  • Representative of local NGOs: 1
  • Representative of enterprises and associations: 1
  • Regional Forestry Networks: 2
  • FSSP CO representative – cum secretary of PSC: 1

Rights and responsibilities

  • PSC Chairperson:The Vice-Minister will serve as the Chairperson of the PSC. As such, s/he is responsible for all PSC activities, maintaining the normal operations of PSC as promulgated in PSC TOR, and approval and signing of PSC documents. S/he can decide on the timing of the PSC meetings. At PSC meetings, s/he is in charge as Chairperson of the meetings, and gives the final conclusions at the end of the meetings. The Chairperson and Co-chairperson also have the right to decide about the application from international organisations that wish to become members, or signatories to the MOA. The PSC Chairperson is supported by the FSSP Coordination Office, the international Co-chairperson and all other PSC members.
  • PSC Co-Chairperson: The international Co-Chairperson of the Partnership will serve as the Co-chairperson of the PSC. As such, s/he assists the Chairperson with all PSC activities, maintaining the normal operations of PSC as promulgated in PSC TOR, and endorses PSC documents to be submitted to the Chairperson for final approval and signature. The PSC Co-Chairperson works closely with the PSC Chairperson, and is supported by the FSSP Coordination Office and all other PSC members.
  • PSC members: the central Government representatives are assigned by their institutions to participate in PSC. As such, they represent their institutions and do not serve in their personal capacity, and therefore serve as the liaison between the PSC and government departments. They should work actively to support the Partnership approach and to implement the National Forest Strategy.
  • The other Vietnamese PSC members represent national non-governmental organisations, private sector, or regional networks represent groups of stakeholders. As such, they are then selected by their respective groups, and represent the interests of the entire group. The representatives are expected to regularly consult with their members, and discuss relevant issues prior to PSC meetings.
  • The international PSC members are the international organisations that are signatories to the Memorandum of Agreement. An international organisation wishing to become a signatory to the MOA must submit a written application to the PSC Chairperson and Co-Chairperson, explaining their ongoing and planned activities to support the forest sector in Vietnam. The Chairperson and Co-Chairperson will have the right to decide about such applications. The international signatories will consult annually among themselves on the position of international Co-chairperson of the PSC.
  • All PSC members have responsibilities to participate actively in PSC meetings, prepare before meetings if needed, and give comments on PSC documents if required by PSC Chairperson. Each voting PSC member has rights to vote on PSC decisions.

Mode of Operations

PSC Meetings: PSC meets at least once every six months. The operations of PSC, however, will be maintained on a continuous basis rather than only limited to meetings. Extraordinary meetings can be called by the PSC Chairperson.

Formal Decision-Making: any decision to be made in PSC meetings should receive at least one more vote than 50% of the total voting members. FSSP CO is in charge of drafting meeting minutes stating the precise wording of the decision, the number of votes cast and whether or not the decision was carried. This resolution will be approved by signature of the chairperson or co-chair and circulated to all PSC members.

The functioning of PSC should be reviewed periodically in an annual review meeting and recommendations should be made to improve its efficiency.