A Transition Towards Higher Added Value of Natural Resource Based Products: Case Study of Acacia Timber Value Chains in Central Vietnam
Thi Tham La1, Jürgen Pretzsch1, Dietrich Darr2
1Technische Universität Dresden, Inst. of International Forestry and Forest Products: Tropical Forestry, Germany
Land and the biomass production it supports are limited. Therefore, sustainable management of these natural resources is needed that sustains and improves their contribution to the local, national and international economy. In Vietnam, plantation forests serve as an important source of raw material for the wood-based industry. About half of the plantation area is currently managed by small-scale producers, with Acacia auriculiformis × Acacia mangium hybrids being the most prevalent cultivated species. However, up to 80% of plantation wood is currently used for low value woodchip production. In response to the increasing domestic timber demand and to stimulate higher value uses of plantation wood, the Vietnamese government has introduced a number of policies, such as land tenure or timber value chain (VC) improvement. These interventions aim at the development of high-quality plantation forests and the transition of the domestic timber processing industry towards higher added value products, such as furniture. However, a comprehensive analysis of this sector is lacking so far.
Keywords: Added value, plantation forestry, small-scale producer, sustainability, value chain upgrading
Contact Address: Thi Tham La, Technische Universität Dresden, Inst. of International Forestry and Forest Products: Tropical Forestry, Postfach 1117, 01735 Tharandt, Germany, e-mail: la_thi.thamtu-dresden.de