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Consistent wood certification matters

  • IB Putera Parthama
    IB Putera Parthama

    Director general of sustainable production forest management at the Environment and Forestry Ministry

Jakarta   /   Tue, December 5, 2017   /  12:31 pm
Consistent wood certification matters Fight against logging: Several officers from the Environment and Forestry Ministry inspect on logs allegedly part of illegal logging activity in South Sumatra. (The Environment and Forestry Ministry/File)

November marked a historic moment in Indonesia’s wood product exports. One year ago, on Nov. 15, Indonesian wood products were for the first time shipped with the timber legality certificate (S-LK), an equivalent of the Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT) license. The shipment capped years of negotiations between Indonesia and the European Union to conclude a voluntary partnership agreement (VPA) on law enforcement and improved management and trade in forestry, popularly known as FLEGT. The talks ended with the signing of the agreement by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in April 2016, making Indonesia the only nation to have reached the accord with the EU. As part of the agreement, the document indicating the legitimacy and sustainability of Indonesian wood products, the S-LK, which resulted f...

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