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Jakarta Post

EU wants assessment team on timber issues

  • Nurfika Osman

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, February 1 2013   /  01:11 pm

The European Union (EU) is considering proposing the establishment of an independent team that will assess the certification of timber legality in Indonesia, known locally as SVLK.

The team would likely consist of representatives from both the EU and Indonesia and would ensure that SVLK certification followed the standard recognized by Indonesia and EU member countries.

“We are going to meet with the Forestry Ministry tomorrow [Friday] to discuss the assessment team that will ensure SVLK is consistent and functions effectively,” European Commission’s International Forest Policy representative John Bazill said in Jakarta on Thursday.

According to Bazill, the independent team would perform an annual audit into the SVLK to improve
the system.

“We think that the auditors can comprise two people from Indonesia and another two from the EU,” he said. <...