For 3 days, from Friday (01/07) to Sunday (03/07) 2011, the Kehutana Independent Monitoring Network (JPIK) held a Workshop on Reviewing the Performance Assessment of Sustainable Production Forest Management (PK PHPL) and Timber Legality Verification (VLK) Based on Findings from Monitoring Activities. The workshop took place at Sempur Park Hotel in the city of Bogor, followed by 40 participants, discussing the results of monitoring carried out in the field related to the Minister of Forestry Regulation (PERMENHUT) 38 of 2009.

“Currently there are around 40 participants from Sumatra, Kalimantan, Java, Sulawesi, Maluku and Papua, where friends in each region try to follow the implementation of P 38 regulations related to PHPL and VLK in Indonesia. From the findings that occur in the field we try to evaluate the actual system. What are the shortcomings and what needs to be included related to monitoring, “said Abu Meridian, Dinamisator JPIK.

The Timber Legality Verification System (SVLK) was created to address illegal logging and promote legal timber. This system aims to ensure that wood and wood products produced in Indonesia come from verifiable legal sources.

The Government of Indonesia adopted the SVLK in 2010, the implementation of which began in September 2010 including a part of the Assessment of Performance of Sustainable Production Forest Management (PK PHPL). But in its implementation in the field, JPIK found several problems that must be addressed in the system.

“We have gained various experiences, first, for example, the existence of independent monitors who are not too well-placed in this system. This can be seen from access to documents or information related to certification. Then access to the certification location and access to the certification process. Another thing is there is a delay in the information on the announcement of the implementation certification process to the report. For example, we in Riau conducted two monitoring of two companies, we found out that the certificate came out two months later, the other one a month after that. So the information is not real time, “said Zainuri Hasyim, JPIK Riau.

These various problems will be conveyed to policy makers, in this case the Ministry of Forestry. Those in authority will revise the PERMENHUT 38 July 5-7 in Jakarta. The participants of this workshop involved various parties in several regions in Indonesia. “Participants consisted of two groups, one NGO friend who was concerned about the issue of forestry, the issue of certification. Of course in this case JPIK. Then the second is from the community, there are indigenous people, there are people around the concession who are in their daily lives close together or affected by the operational activities of companies that will conduct or are conducting certification, “he added later.