EU REDD Facility work in Asia

In Asia the Facility works with stakeholders in Indonesia, Laos and Vietnam. Our work focuses on:

Legality of forest conversion

The clearing of natural forests, primarily to make way for agriculture, is a significant threat to Asia’s biodiversity and climate goals. The EU REDD Facility works in Asia to improve land-use governance, as a key pre-condition for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation. In Indonesia, we are identifying and addressing gaps in legal frameworks for conversion of natural forest and supporting efforts to strengthen their implementation. We are also examining the supporting role that trade and supply chain-related measures can play to offer incentives for compliance with national laws. Through this work, links are being made with measures supported under the European Union’s Voluntary Partnership Agreement with Indonesia on Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT). In this way, there is mutual reinforcement of actions related to timber, and other forest-risk commodity supply chains. 

Monitoring jurisdictional sustainability

Jurisdictional approaches to sustainable development have strong potential to provide lasting solutions to deforestation and improved livelihoods. Across Asia, governments are making progress with these holistic approaches to forest governance and land management. In the process, opportunities are opening up for linking environmental and agricultural incentives (including REDD+), sustainable supply chain initiatives, and finance. We are helping countries clarify definitions of jurisdictional sustainability. We are also identifying approaches that allow for tracking the production and trade of agricultural commodities that support development while protecting forests. For example, our Terpercaya Initiative in Indonesia aims to provide supply chain actors with information on progress towards sustainability at the district level, as a way of promoting social, environmental and economic wellbeing through trade in agricultural commodities including palm oil. In Vietnam, our Land-use Finance Tool has been used to analyse public investments in land use as a way of assessing support for forest and climate change objectives at jurisdictional and national levels.  

Links with FLEGT processes

All our Asian partner countries are engaged with the European Union’s Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) initiative, addressing illegal logging and promoting legal timber trade. In Indonesia, we collaborate with the EU FLEGT Facility, where Voluntary Partnership Agreement stakeholders have worked to clarify the legislative framework for legal timber. We are also working in Indonesia on legal frameworks governing forest conversion, and integration of customary forests into the national timber legality assurance system. In Vietnam, we are helping to develop a forest governance monitoring tool integrating FLEGT, REDD+, and Payment for Forest Environmental Services (PFES), which is being tested at the subnational level.