Independent monitoring is one of the key elements in Indonesia’s forest governance system established under the national Timber Legality Assurance system. Independent monitoring is legally codified in Minister of Forestry Regulation No. 8/2021, SVLK regulation SK 9895/2022, and the FLEGT Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) between Indonesia and the European Union.

Jaringan Pemantau Independen Kehutanan (JPIK) is a leading independent monitoring organisation with more than 12 years of experience in forest monitoring and environmental advocacy in Indonesia. On the other hand, in every monitoring activity, JPIK endeavors as much as possible to get the real impact or results such as law enforcement.

In the period 2012-2023, JPIK’s monitoring action resulted in the reporting of 171 cases of alleged Non-Conformance (NC) to the Independent Assessment and Verification Agency (LPVI), the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK), Law Enforcement and other government agencies for clarification and/or improvement including law enforcement. An average of 15.5 cases per year are reported.

To improve the scope and quality of independent monitoring, JPIK and other monitoring organisations need access to forestry data, as described in Annex 9 of the VPA. While there have been improvements in data accessibility, this is still a time-consuming task. JPIK can do more and better with better access to relevant government data and hopes that access to such data will improve further.


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