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China-UK Collaboration on International Forest Investment & Trade (InFIT)



The project aims to reduce the impacts of China's international trade in timber products and other commodities grown on forest land whose production affects forest degradation. LTS operates the InFIT Project Management Office (PMO) in Beijing which is responsible for day-to-day operational coordination of activities under this three year programme (2014-2018) and is accountable for its effective and efficient implementation. The main outputs of the programme are:

  • Output 1 - Operationalization of the Chinese Timber Legality Verification System: "A timber legality verification system that meets the demands of China's key trade partners is specified in detail, piloted with selected trade participants and recognized by relevant Chinese government departments".
  • Output 2 - Facilitation of Guideline applications: "Voluntary guidelines for Chinese companies engaged in timber industries and production of forest-based commodities, including mechanisms for self-regulation and transparent reporting, are developed and further specified for application in key developing countries, piloted in those countries and refined as appropriate".
  • Output 3 - Sharing Tenure Reform lessons: "Lessons from China's forest tenure reform process, including supportive mechanisms to improve farmers' livelihoods, are shared with stakeholders from developing countries where forest tenure reforms are being implemented".
  • Output 4 - Capacity development and concerted action to promote timber legality: "Entities in China understand timber legality requirements in international and domestic markets and are capable of developing mechanisms that enable them to meet those requirements".

Principal recipients of the LTS services are the Chinese State Forestry Administration (SFA) and the Ministry of Commerce (MofCoM), China Chamber of Commerce for Import & Export of Foodstuffs, Native Produce and Animal By-Products (CFNA) and China's Chamber of Commerce of Metals, Minerals & Chemicals Importers & Exporters (CCCMC).

LTS is responsible for day-to-day operational coordination of activities under the project, facilitating stakeholder participation and is accountable for the effective and efficient implementation of these outputs. LTS is providing key-technical advice and direction to partners and collaborators involved in the implementation of the Forest Governance, Markets and Climates-China (FGMC-CN) programme. For example, LTS is coordinating the due diligence and comparative analysis reports of timber legality laws in producer and consumer markets to establish a China Timber Legal Verification System (CTLVs). A draft CTLVS administrative structure and implementation plan has been developed. Furthermore, LTS is overseeing the development of investment guidelines for Chinese companies engaged in timber industries and production of forest-based commodities. This includes mechanisms for self-regulation and transparent reporting and will be piloted in key countries. The China's Chamber of Commerce of Import and Export of Foodstuff, Native Produce and Animal By-Products has drafted a Sustainable Overseas Investment and Managing Guide of Palm Oil for Chinese Enterprises. Whilst China's Chamber of Commerce of Metals, Minerals & Chemicals Importers & Exporters has drafted a Sustainable Overseas Investment and Managing Guide of Rubber for Chinese Enterprises.

To see the May 2017 InFIT Newsletter, please click here (English) or here (Chinese).

Clients:
Department for International Development

Services:
FLEGT

Geography:
China

Date:
2014 - 2018