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).

Capacity Building Programme for Stakeholder Participation in National Forest Programmes

Gradually, and in different countries of the world, experiences are being gained in using participatory processes in national forest programmes (NFP). A community of practice on “enhancing stakeholders participation in NFPs” has been established by FAO in 2002 to bring together experts to share views, experiences, lessons learned and information on recent developments, to build or strengthen partnerships, to harmonise relevant approaches and to make them available to NFP actors world-wide. In 2005, LTS was selected to draft guidelines founded on global best practice. Although participatory approaches have been well developed and documented for local use in villages there is yet to be sufficient materials developed with clear principles and practical guidelines on methods and skills for how to make national forest policy processes more participatory. LTS also delivered a capacity building programme to motivate and assist facilitators / mentors who are linked to NFPs in 6 different Asian countries to make these processes more participatory. Lessons from these Asian pilot countries have been harnessed for application of materials and capacity building services in other countries.

Market Development of Bamboo and Rattan Products with Potential

The overall objective of the project administered by the International Network on Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR) is to improve the quality, durability, market opportunities and resource base of bamboo and rattan commodities and their sustainable development in Bangladesh, Nepal and Myanmar. The project will achieve this by assisting bamboo and rattan producers, craftsman and traders for resources base development, design improvement, value addition and market promotion. The project will contribute to poverty alleviation by generating additional income to rural communities and providing employment in processing facilities. The project has three components to achieve the desired objective:

  1. To develop and introduce rehabilitation and certification systems of bamboo and rattan resources
  2. To provide design improvement of the bamboo and rattan commodities meeting medium and high quality standards of the developed western markets
  3. To ensure dissemination of the new technologies through the training and networking with particular stress on integrating women into the dissemination process

LTS is the Supervisory Body for this project. This involves:

  • Monitoring of project progress
  • Examination of project workplans, budgets and reports, financial statements and auditor’s reports
  • Guidance on best practice re project implementation, management and technical issues to ensure effective project impacts
  • Mid-term review and terminal evaluation

Picture Credits to Christopher Augapfel