Acacia, an exotic planting species, was introduced to Vietnam in mid of the last century. With fast growth and site adaptive advantage, Acacia has become the most popular planting species in Vietnam. Of the total 3.5 million ha of plantation area, the share of Acacia plantation is reported at 60%. At present, acacia is planted for commercial purpose with a quite short production rotation, often between 5 – 7 years, cutting is even done at year 4 - 5 for woodchip production.
To improve sector performance and upgrade added value, since 2015, Vietnam has been pursuing the process of restructuring the forest sector, including wood industry. Central to this process is the shift from the prevailing small timber production within a short rotation for wood chipping to larger timber production by extending plantation rotation for furniture making, with special attention given to acacia.
This project aims at increasing economic, social and environmental benefits provided by Vietnam forestry and wood processing industry. The specific objectives of the project are to increase efficiency in the processing of acacia plantations in Vietnam .The expected outputs are: i) to increase the supply of acacia plantation timber which is available with larger diameter, improved quality and certified; ii) enhancing the processing capacity of acacia plantations to make full efficiency in the industry; iii) raising awareness of Timber Legality Assurance System (TLAS) for acacia plantations. The key targeted beneficiaries of this project are forest owners/planters and business entities of the private sector, who are dealing with acacia timber processing.