Press Release/Position Paper

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 …

Civil Society Coalition Calls for Jokowi to Revoke MoT Regulation 15/2020: Harmful to the country, undermining SDG 15 and contrary to Indonesia’s commitments under the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) for Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) with the European Union

Jakarta, March 26, 2020 – The coalition of civil organizations engaged in monitoring the implementation of Indonesia’s Timber Legality Assurance System (SVLK) has submitted an open letter to the President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo (Friday, 3/20/2020). This letter demands the immediate revocation or revision of the Ministry of Trade Regulation Number 15 of 2020 …

Critical Note from the Independent Monitors “Improvement of SVLK Must Be Done Continuously To Increase Its Credibility and Accountability”

Implementation of Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) License as one of the achievements of Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) between Indonesia and the European Union have entered its third year since first implemented in November 2016. The agreement aims to ensure all timber products from Indonesia comply with the Timber Legality Assurance System …

Three Years of FLEGT License: Without Integrity, Agenda of Forestry Governance Improvement through SVLK Would be Slow

17 November 2019. The Forest Law Enforcement, Governance, and Trade (FLEGT) License
has been implemented for three (3) years since first established in November
2016. Independent Forest Monitoring Network (JPIK) and other independent
monitoring organizations argue that though in general FLEGT-VPA is
well-implemented, problems still exist such as
illegal logging, dispute and conflict on boundary, deforestation, and abuse of
forest …