In November, Indonesia will celebrate its first anniversary of FLEGT licensing (FLEGT licensing started 15 November 2016).
However JPIK, the Indonesian independent forest-monitoring network, is extremely concerned about the lack of enforcement by the SVLK, Indonesia’s flagship Timber Legality Assurance System.
Indonesia is one of the world’s largest exporters of tropical timber, forests cover around 60 per cent of its land area. It exports plywood, pulp and paper, furniture and handicrafts. The main export destinations are China, the EU, Japan and Korea.
A brief history of VPA negotiations so far, from a civil society perspective
Indonesia’s civil society independent monitoring network, Jaringan Pemantau Independen Kehutanan (JPIK), has been part of negotiations and has continued to raise alarms if discussions seemed to be going in the wrong direction. As Indonesia moves towards being the first country to export FLEGT licensed timber, the role of civil society, and JPIK in particular, is crucial. For licenced timber is to be credible, the independent civil society forest monitors must endorse the process.
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This page was last updated on 15th August 2016