The grant, over a three-year period, will go towards 12 programmes which help to increase demand for legal and sustainable timber while ensuring the supply base can deliver it. Projects benefiting include work on price premiums for certified timber and efforts aimed at encouraging China to produce legal and sustainable timber products.

“This is a great vote of confidence from the government in our work,” said TTF chief executive John White.

A more detailed announcement on the DFID cash injection will be made during February.