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

Clients: Department for International Development

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 £3.9m InFit programme represents ongoing collaboration between the UK and China on forestry and timber legality, through the DFID’s Forest Governance, Markets and Climates-China (FGMC-CN) programme.
  • The main recipients are Chinese State Forestry Administration (SFA) and the Ministry of Commerce (MofCoM). The Chinese Academy of Forestry (CAF), China’s Chamber of Commerce of Metals, Minerals & Chemicals Importers & Exporters (CCCMC) and the China Chamber of Commerce for Import & Export of Foodstuffs, Native Produce and Animal By-Products (CFNA) are also key implementing partners.

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:

  • Providing key-technical advice to the programme, including coordinating due diligence and comparative analysis of producer/consumer timber legality laws to establish a Chinese Timber Legal Verification System (CTLVs).
  • Administering and monitoring the programme, including funds to implementing partners.

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.

See Below for InFIT Newsletters:

1st issues:

Chinese (PDF, 4MB)

English (PDF, 3MB)

2nd issues:

Chinese (PDF, 6MB)

English (PDF, 6MB)

3rd issues:

Chinese (PDF, 5MB)

English (PDF, 3MB )

Key Staff

Patrick Abbot

Managing Director