Project objectives successfully achieved
As of January 2019, The Forest Trust has become Earthworm Foundation.
Since the inception of the TTAP 1 project in 2005, TFT has been working with members of European Timber Trade Federations to help prepare their suppliers in Indonesia, Malaysia, Cameroon, Congo Brazzaville and Gabon for Third Party Verification (TPV).
The implementation of TTAP 1 will come to an end in December with the project achieving the target set of 35 legally verified supply chains and positively contributing to the overall objectives of building capacity within the forestry sector to promote the responsible management of tropical forests.
The context surrounding legality and the FLEGT Action Plan has changed considerably from the start of the project where the discussions were still in the early stages. Seven years later and the Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPA) are in advanced negotiation in all TTAP 1 focus countries, the Lacey Act was amended to include wood products in 2008 and the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) entered into force in 2010. Much has changed in driving the supply and demand for legal timber and TFT has since the beginning worked with its partners to offer practical solutions to meet these market requirements.
TFT would like to thank all TTAP project partners, especially the European Commission for funding and support and the timber trade federations of the United Kingdom (UK TTF), the Netherlands (VVNH) and Belgium (FBCIB) and stakeholders of the TTAP1 project for a fruitful and productive cooperation throughout its implementation.
To ensure the experiences and lessons learned from TTAP 1 feed into the TTAP 2 project, which runs until June 2013, an external evaluation is currently being undertaken to gather the views and opinions of stakeholders to analyse the project’s contribution towards tackling illegal logging.