Press Release/Position Paper

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

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 certified. ...
Pulp mill Connected to Fires and Respiratory  Illness Plans to Triple Production

Pulp mill Connected to Fires and Respiratory Illness Plans to Triple Production

Palembang, August 23, 2021 — Today over 30 civil society organizations sent a letter to investors of Asia Pulp & Paper (APP), part of the Sinar Mas Group, explaining why the expansion of APP’s OKI Pulp and Paper Mill in Sumatra, Indonesia would risk the respiratory health for millions of people in Southeast Asia and ...
The Urgency of Extending Palm Oil Moratorium  to Accelerate Indonesia’s Palm Oil Governance  Reform

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

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”

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 ...