INFiT: Enhancing UK-China Cooperation


Efeca has been collaborating with the UK Department for International Development (DFID) on the International Forest Investment and Trade Programme (INFiT) to facilitate coordination between the UK and China. The primary objective is to mitigate the adverse impacts of China’s international trade in timber products and other forest-derived commodities by addressing issues such as forest degradation and illegal logging. This initiative focuses on promoting sustainable management practices and enhancing regulatory frameworks.

Central to the China-UK collaboration under INFiT is the establishment of the Chinese Timber Legality Verification System (CTLVS). This system aims to meet the requirements of China’s key trading partners by ensuring the legality and sustainability of timber sourced from international markets. Efforts also include developing voluntary guidelines for Chinese companies engaged in timber industries and the production of forest-based commodities. These guidelines encourage practices that align with sustainable forest management principles and promote responsible supply chain management.

Furthermore, the project leverages lessons from China’s forest tenure reform process to benefit developing countries. This includes implementing supportive mechanisms to improve the livelihoods of farmers and communities dependent on forest resources. Knowledge sharing and capacity development initiatives are integral components, aimed at enhancing compliance with international and domestic timber legality requirements, including regulations like the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR).

Funded through DFID’s Forest, Governance, Markets and Climate programme, this collaboration underscores a commitment to enhancing forest governance and sustainability in global supply chains. Efeca’s role in this partnership involves providing technical expertise and strategic support to facilitate dialogue, policy development, and implementation of effective measures.




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