The project received first financial contributions of the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), IDH’s European Sustainable Tropical Timber Coalition (STTC) for the development of the original TTP platform, and of the French Ministry of Agriculture for the development of the former ATIBT platform (Legal-timber).
The actual website is currently supported with funding from the FFEM (Fonds Français pour l’Environnement Mondial) and the EU (European Union) within the framework of FLEGT-REDD and FLEGT IP projects (from ATIBT).
The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) is an intergovernmental organization promoting the sustainable management and conservation of tropical forests and the expansion and diversification of international trade in tropical timber from sustainably managed and legally harvested forests.
The European Sustainable Tropical Timber Coalition (STTC) aims to boost levels of European sustainably sourced tropical timber awareness, specification and use through a programme of communication, education, best practice and knowledge sharing. One of the chief architects of the concept, and a lead supporter is Dutch government-backed IDH – The Sustainable Trade Initiative.
MAAF (French Agriculture ministry)
This is the French ministry in charge of the agricultural, fishing, forestry and food sectors. MAAF is also the competent authority responsible for the implementation of the EUTR in France. MAAF funded ATIBT's development of the Legal-timber platform in 2013 (later merged with TTP).
The French Global Environment Fund (Fonds français pour l'environnement mondial - FFEM) finances innovative projects with a positive impact on the environment in developing countries. It supports initiatives capable of generating local environmental, social and economic benefits. Created in 1994 by the French Government following the first Earth Summit, it has already supported 333 projects in more than 120 countries, of which two-third were in Africa.
FFEM finances the FLEGT-REDD project implemented by ATIBT, which aims to improve the involvement of the private sector in Central and West Africa in the implementation of the FLEGT Action Plan (VPA process and EUTR) and the REDD+ mechanism. The TTP was developed as part of the component aimed at facilitating the implementation of the EUTR by making relevant information available.
In 2003, the European Union (EU) published the FLEGT Action Plan which aims to limit the amount of illegal timber entering the EU. The objectives of the FLEGT approach are to combat illegal logging, promote sustainable forestry, improve forest governance in producer countries and fight poverty. It was within the framework of this action plan that the European Union Timber Regulation was developed and put into force.
The EU is funding projects that are implementing flagship actions of the FLEGT Action Plan, such as the FLEGT VPA and the EUTR. In particular, it finances the FLEGT IP project implemented by ATIBT which is part of the FLEGT-REDD project (FFEM). In this context, FLEGT-Certification focal points have been set up in the target countries, who are contributing to the revision and updating of the TTP profiles for their country.