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Deregulation puts sustainable timber trade at risk

  • A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil
    A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Tue, March 31, 2020   /  11:47 am
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Kalimantan Environment and Forestry Law Enforcement Center investigators seal a location reportedly used to store illegal timber in Nunukan, North Kalimantan, on July 10, 2019.(Courtesty of/The Environment and Forestry Ministry)

A recent regulation by the Trade Ministry relaxing export requirements for timber products has drawn criticism from environmental groups, which said it would restimulate illegal logging and in turn damage the environment. Issued in late February, the Trade Ministry's regulation on exports of forestry products scrapped the requirement for Indonesian timber companies to secure V-legal documents that certify the wood comes from legal sources before exporting their products. V-legal licensing had represented an important tool of the timber legality verification system (SVLK) managed by the Environment and Forestry Ministry, which has helped improve Indonesia's reputation in the global sustainable timber trade. Indonesian Independent Forest Monitoring Network (JPIK) activist Muhamad Kosar said the scrapping of the V-legal license was a setback for forest protection since it w...