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Team Europe Initiative on Deforestation-free Value Chains

Technical Facility

About the project

The Technical Facility on Deforestation-free Value Chains, implemented by the European Forest Institute (EFI), will work with commodity producing countries to support their transition to legal and deforestation-free value chains and to contribute to a high level of smallholder inclusion in value chains, by providing technical expertise and facilitation support. At all times, close coordination with other EU initiatives will have to be ensured to avoid duplication of efforts and create synergies with other relevant programmes. This will be done in particular by following guidance and requests from DG INTPA (Unit F3), EU Delegations, as well as the Team Europe Hub for Deforestation-free Value Chains (Zero Deforestation Hub). Technical inputs will focus on enhanced understanding of the relevant legal frameworks, traceability and transparency across the supply chains, smallholder inclusion, deforestation risk assessment and economic analysis of incentives. Where requested, the programme will support the European Commission, as well as the Team Europe Initiative as a whole, in its work with governments and other relevant stakeholders to inform the development of systems, tools and frameworks to enhance the transition to legal and deforestation-free value chains. Knowledge and learnings generated through the Technical Facility’s implementation measures will be shared with relevant stakeholders at national, EU and international level.


The Technical Facility can be deployed in partner countries in a flexible and demand-driven way. Requests from EU Delegations should be directed to the thematic unit F3 on “Sustainable Agri-Food Systems and Fisheries” at DG INTPA. In principle, the Technical Facility can provide short-term support on specific EUDR requirements, such as traceability, deforestation monitoring and legality, in all agricultural commodities covered by the EUDR: coffee, cocoa, soy, palm oil, beef, wood and rubber. The inclusion of smallholders will be a cross-cutting area of particular concern for the support provided through the Technical Facility. In order to effectively follow up on the short-term technical support and expertise provided through the Technical Facility, EU Delegations and Member States should foresee bilateral and/or regional funding to enable more comprehensive and long-term implementation activities (e.g. the establishment of national traceability systems, land-use maps, etc.).