Policy support is at the heart of all our work at Efeca. We help private sector interpret, understand and comply with national and international policy and implement regulatory requirements. We develop and implement effective new sustainable commodity policies and commitments, or review and improve existing ones. We provide expert advice and input into strategic workplan development and project planning, on local, national, and international levels. Read some of our success stories to understand the varieties of policy and strategic support services we offer.
As part of the UK Soy Manifesto, a collective industry commitment to work together to ensure all physical shipments of soy to the UK are deforestation and conversion free, we are working with the 29 signatories (as of Feb 2022) on their policy commitments. The signatories include feed manufacturers, retailers, livestock producers and brands, and combined they represent nearly 2 million tonnes of soy, 60% of the UK’s estimated consumption.
Since 2020, we have worked with the Tropical Forest Alliance (TFA) in facilitating the Multistakeholder track of the COP26 Forest, Agriculture and Commodity Trade (FACT) Dialogue. The UK Government, as President of COP26, convened the FACT Dialogue as a Government to Government (G2G) dialogue on sustainable land use and trade in forest and agricultural commodities. The goal of the FACT Dialogue is for countries to work together to develop ambitious producer and consumer country-driven principles, commitments and roadmaps for action to promote trade and development while protecting forests. The wider Multistakeholder track involving dialogue at national and regional level and through a Global Multistakeholder Taskforce supported the G2G dialogue.
Other policy work include three Political Economy Assessments on the forestry sectors in Gabon, Cameroon and Republic of Congo for ZSL, as well as a project for the EC where we looked at potential requirements for wood-based products in the EU Green Public Procurement (GPP) and EU ecolabel criteria.