Bisnis.com, JAKARTA – Searching for four environmental and human rights organizations found non-compliance of companies holding license in the implementation of SVLK in North Sumatra, North Kalimantan and North Maluku.
The four organizations are Forest Watch Indonesia, the Independent Forest Monitoring Network, the Nusantara Indigenous Peoples Alliance and the Community Initiative Study and Development Group. The Timber Legality Verification System (SVLK) is an effort built to combat illegal logging and trade in illegal timber.
Muhammad Kosar, Dinamisator from JPIK, revealed that there were still conflicts between the community and industrial plantation companies in Simalungun District, North Sumatra. Avoiding social conflict is one of the conditions imposed in the SVLK.
“The logging and deprivation of Kemenyan forests belonging to indigenous peoples by companies is a cause of conflict and eliminate the sources of people’s lives,” Kosar said in a joint release with FWI quoted by Bisnis.com, Thursday (12/24/2015).
The search team also found logging and clearing in deep peat areas in North Kalimantan. The company also allegedly grabbed community land because there was no clear land boundary arrangement.
Kosar also said that it found that suppliers in North Maluku did not have legal supplies or sources. At the downstream level, companies in South Sulawesi actually receive wood supplies from the company.
“Difficult access to information related to company activities is a major obstacle to supervision from the community. Information disclosure in forest management is key so that people know which legal and illegal company activities are,” said Mufti Barri, FWI Campaigner.