The Multi-Stakeholder Forestry Programme (MFP) in Indonesia facilitates partnerships between central and local government, civil society and the private sector in supporting relevant policy analysis and development, assisting Indonesia to implement its FLEGT Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA).
This contract is the third phase of support, which has been ongoing from DFID since 2000.
A brochure on MFP is available here.
The 11.7 million-pound MFP3 is funded through DFID’s Forest Governance Markets and Climate framework programme.
LTS is the lead contract holder for MFP3 support and collaborates with the Oxford Policy Management who delivers the project through its Jakarta office. Other key consortium partners include Efeca, IIED, SNV, HuMa and ICEL.
The program has outputs around: adoption of the SVLK timber legality assurance system; effective implementation of community-centred forest management; and mechanisms for assuring access to forest and land resources by community groups.
Over the past decade the Indonesian Government has committed to eradicate illegal logging and conserve its forests. However, policing forests and ensuring compliance has proved challenging. The Government recognised that existing international trade in illegal timber products drives illegal logging. In May 2011 Indonesia and the European Union concluded negotiations on a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA), committing the Indonesian Government to implement systems that ensure its timber products exported to the EU have been legally produced. This contract continues DFID support to Indonesian forest governance, with this phase focused on implementing the VPA: the first shipment of verified legal timber under the VPA scheme left Jakarta on November 2016, bound for London.
Contracted services include:
- Provision of a core management structure to coordinate programme activities.
- Management of sub-contracts related to training, external monitoring, consultancies, reviews and other specialist services.
- Development of dossiers for calls for proposals for grants to project partners; implementation of systems for evaluation of proposals; award of grants; and supervision of implementation.
- Coordination of systems needed for programme oversight, including Steering Committee meetings and preparation and submission of reports.
- Secretariat support to the Ministry of Forestry and EU Delegation, for efficient organisation and operation of the Joint Implementation Committee and related monitoring.
Value and Benefits
The intended outcome is the establishment of a legal and technically effective community-based forest industry that:
- complements corporate industrial forest production,
- reduces illegal logging (unplanned forest degradation) and unplanned deforestation,
- provides greater tenure security,
- improves rural livelihoods,
- protects forest ecosystems and the environment, and
- mitigates climate change.
- It aims to improve management of forests throughout Indonesia in order to reduce rural poverty, enhance biodiversity conservation, strengthen climate protection by significantly reducing emissions from land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF) practices.
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