Press Release/Position Paper

The Common Folk Monitor – Dynamics of SVLK Monitoring by Indigenous/Local Communities in Indonesia

Surabaya, September 14, 2021. Monitoring results in five provinces found several violations in the implementation of the Timber Legality Verification System (SVLK). In the upstream, for example, the concession holder and the primary industry work together to practice illegal logging outside the concession. Two illegalities (timber and documents) were ‘transformed’ into legal and S-LK …

The Urgency of Extending Palm Oil Moratorium to Accelerate Indonesia’s Palm Oil Governance Reform

Extending the Presidential
Instruction No.8 year 2019 about the Postponement and Palm Oil Permit
Evaluation and Increasing Productivity of Palm Oil known as palm oil moratorium
is a logical move for the government. This will create positive impact to
global market support, trigger land productivity, resolve land overlaps, and
contribute to the achievement of climate commitments.

Not extending the palm …

Timber Distribution and Trade Traceability Must Be Strengthened to Ensure SVLK Credibility

Bogor, 27 August 2020. The latest independent monitoring report titled Assessing Compliance of Forest Timber Product Utilization and Trade Permit Holders exposes illegal logging in forest areas, as well as signs of recurring legal violations by Timber Legality Certificate (S-LK) holders, as well as uncertified companies.

From October 2019 to June 2020, the Independent Forest …

Executive Summary “PHPL: From Legality to Sustainability”

In 2003, Indonesia started to develop an operator-based timber control
system for all its timber exports, building on a mandatory third-party
certification approach for legality and sustainability. The system, called Sistem
Verificasi Legalitas Kayu (SVLK), became the basis for the Timber Legality
Assurance System (TLAS) under Indonesia’s Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA)
with the EU.

Indonesia went a step beyond …