Monitoring activities need qualified human resources with integrity, so that monitoring of the Timber Legality Assurance System (SVLK) can be well-implemented. Training on monitoring for local/ indigenous communities has been conducted by Independent Forest Monitoring Network (JPIK) from August to September 2019, joined by local and indigenous communities in 8 provinces in Indonesia. Those provinces were selected based on its high potentials of illegal logging activities and distribution of total timber processing industries with export and domestic scales.

Furthermore, monitoring at the upstream industry, especially in East Java Province conducted by PPLH Mangkubumi/ JPIK East Java. It found a total of 89 rosewood trees on Tulungagung-Trenggalek and Tulungagung-Blitar national roads were logged without permits. On the downstream part, monitoring conducted by the Genesis Bengkulu toward the holder of Utilization of Timber in Natural Forest Permit (IUPHHK-HA), PT Anugerah Pratama Inspirasi. An indication of administration violation was found.

It is a common knowledge that it is mandatory for forest resources utilization activities, including timber utilization, the company must pay Forest Resources Provision and Reforestation Fund (PSDH-DR). It also applies to company with Timber Utilization Permit (IPK). If the company conduct land clearing and utilize the timber without IPK, it means that there are potential of state loss because the company did not pay PSDH-DR.

Moreover, the recent trending issue discussed in Indonesia is related to the Draft Bill on Land. The Draft Bill on Land is one of the draft bills that will be passed by the House of Representatives. However, some of the articles considered problematic. Furthermore, land and forest fires still happened and recurring in 2019. It is considered to obstruct the achievement of 13 targets of Sustainable Development Goals.

The last part of this “The Monitor” Newsletter 14th edition will present corruption on natural resources under the shadow of the Corruption Eradication Committee weakening. Revision of Law on Corruption Eradication Committee considered as a form of weakening the institution that has been intensely handled corruption cases in Indonesia, including on natural resources.

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