Cost analysis of FSC forest certification and opportunities to cover the costs a case study of Quang Tri FSC group in Central Vietnam

Hoang, Hai Thi and Hoshino, Satoshi and Onitsuka, Kenichiro and Maraseni, Tek (2019) Cost analysis of FSC forest certification and opportunities to cover the costs a case study of Quang Tri FSC group in Central Vietnam. Journal of Forest Research, 24 (3). pp. 137-142. ISSN 1341-6979


Abstract

In the last decade, the forest certification has expanded in Vietnam as an effort of the Government to boost the supply of certified wood for furniture production. However, the certification creates many challenges to the many small woodlot owners. Some of the challenges consist of a lack of technical knowledge and skills, as well as the high cost of the certification process. In this study, we identify the actual economic costs of obtaining and maintaining FSC certification and discuss some mechanism which can support small-scale forest owners paying for these costs. The results reveal that the audit fee paying to the certification agency accounts for a big proportion of total costs. On one hand, the result of our Benefit Cost analysis confirms that the revenue of selling FSC certified timber is much higher than non-certified, implying that the forest owners earn from certification and therefore, are capable of paying for costs associated with forest certification by themselves. In order to obtain higher revenue, a longer forest rotation is suggested. However, the lengthened years also cause difficulties and risks to the local people’s livelihood, which therefore, requires decreasing the certification cost per ha by larger scale of certified forest area or number of members. As the first group of smallholders in Vietnam obtaining the FSC certificate, the findings from this study are important towards the management and development of forest certification in Vietnam.


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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Life Sciences and the Environment - Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Systems (1 Aug 2018 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Life Sciences and the Environment - Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Systems (1 Aug 2018 -)
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2020 22:29
Last Modified: 28 Jan 2020 23:51
Uncontrolled Keywords: Forest certification; FSC; smallscale forestry; household forestry; sustainable forest management
Fields of Research (2008): 07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0705 Forestry Sciences > 070504 Forestry Management and Environment
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): D Environment > 96 Environment > 9606 Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation > 960601 Economic Incentives for Environmental Protection
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/13416979.2019.1610993
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/36524

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