Indonesia — forest monitors urge further improvement on timber legality
Indonesian civil society groups that act as independent forest monitors have called for action to further improve the credibility and accountability of the country’s timber legality assurance system (SVLK), which Indonesia developed under its Voluntary Partnership Agreement with the EU.
In a short paper [PDF] published on 10 December 2018, the Independent Forest Monitoring Network (JPIK) praised EU and Indonesian efforts to tackle illegal logging and associated trade. It also acknowledged progress on monitoring non-compliance and sharing of information. However, the network identified several issues related to the implementation of the SVLK.
Among other things, the report calls for more inspections of permit holders and their supply chains, and for firmer sanctions for noncompliance — including revocation of operational permits to ensure no timber can be distributed by legally-problematic permit holders.
It says the government of Indonesia must continuously improve the SVLK, in particular its aspects related to sustainability and social issues. It also urges the government to fully implement its regulations on public procurement as an incentive for the domestic market.