Responsible Asia Forest Trade (RAFT) Program
"The Responsible Asia Forestry and Trade (RAFT) is a five-year program funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development Regional Development Mission for Asia (USAID RDMA) in Bangkok. RAFT is managed by The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in partnership with International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Regional Community Forestry Training Center for Asia and the Pacific (RECOFTC), The Wildlife Trade Monitoring Network (TRAFFIC), Tropical Forest Foundation (TFF), Tropical Forest Trust (TFT) and WWF. RAFT operates in Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Thailand and Vietnam. The goal of RAFT is to improve forest management and timber trade practices in Asia thereby reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from deforestation and forest degradation. There are four program objectives:
- Improve forest management practices on the ground;
- Increase trade of timber products from legal sources;
- Strengthen regional cooperation on forest management and trade of timber products; and,
- Enhance regional capacity to incorporate sustainable forest management into an emerging international REDD framework"