InFIT aims to reduce the negative impacts of China’s international trade on forest cover and degradation. LTS operates the InFIT Project Management Office (PMO) in Beijing which is responsible for day-to-day operational coordination of activities under this four-year programme and is accountable for its effective and efficient implementation.
The programme has four outputs around: timber legality verification; guidelines for Chinese companies; sharing tenure reform lessons; capacity and awareness around timber legality.
This programme arose from a 2011 study that: examined international timber legality standards; prepared recommendations for a Chinese Timber Legality Verification Scheme (CTLVS) to ensure that China’s timber imports and exports are legal; and flagged that more work was needed to develop an operational system. Consequently, DFID and the Chinese authorities agreed to continue cooperation on timber legality verification and demonstration of the standards applied by Chinese companies involved in timber production and processing worldwide.
LTS fields a TA team responsible for day-to-day operational coordination of activities under the programme, facilitating stakeholder participation and the implementation of outputs. This includes:
Managing programme implementation, including work planning, backstopping implementing partners, providing technical expertise, overseeing responsible forestry guidelines, networking and promoting the programme outputs, organising events, donor coordination.
Value and benefits
The intended outcomes are that impacts of China’s international trade in timber products and other commodities grown on forest land whose production affects forest degradation are reduced through: measures aimed at eliminating illegally harvested timber from its trade; and codes of practice that promote environmentally and socially sound resource management practices in developing countries.
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