Press Release/Position Paper

Instead of Increasing Exports, the Government Opens Opportunities for Non-compliance and Violations by Exporters of Wood Products.

Bogor, 18 September 2019. A decade of the process of improving forest governance in Indonesia through the Timber Legality Verification System (SVLK) is now threatened with collapse, this is due to the proposal not to require the implementation of SVLK for export activities to America initiated by the Coordinating Minister for the Economy Darmin …

Illegal Oil Palm and Impunity Still Undermining Indonesia’s Flagship Timber Reforms

Bogor, 7 June 2017. Timber logged illegally in and around a rogue oil palm plantation is being certified legal under Indonesia’s flagship timber certification system, despite repeated NGO reports to police, forestry enforcement officials, and certification professionals, a new report reveals.

The report – Still Permitting Crime – published today by Indonesia’s Independent Forest Monitoring Network (JPIK) and the UK-based Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), exposes continued and renewed illegal logging in and around the palm plantation of PT Prasetya Mitra Muda (PT PMM), in Gunung Mas district, Central Kalimantan province.

The Certification System Is Not Just a Sustainable Palm Label

The palm oil industry has penetrated Kalimantan since the 1980s and its expansion has continued to this day. as in various regions in Indonesia, the Kalimantan palm oil industry is not free from various problems of practices that are not environmentally friendly, prone to land grabbing, violations of rights, both to workers and surrounding …