WWF Welcomes First Shipment of FLEGT-Licensed Wood Product from Indonesia
Jakarta 15 November 2016 – Today the first shipment of wood products licensed under Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT) was sent from Indonesia to European Union. WWF welcomes this momentum and calls on Indonesia to firmly pursue its commitment to combat illegal logging and trade and serve as example for other countries engaged in global forest protection.
“We strongly welcome the first shipment of Indonesia’s forest products to the European Union,” says Benja V. Mambai, acting CEO, WWF-Indonesia. “This is an achievement of 10 years of hard work by multi-stakeholders in developing SVLK, and making this system a key instrument to ensure that Indonesia’s timber products being exported to EU market and around the world are from legal sources.”
Indonesia is the first country in the world to send FLEGT-licensed wood products to the EU without any further due diligence. The country is one of the world’s largest exporters of tropical timber products, ranging from plywood, pulp and paper to furniture and handicrafts.
FLEGT-VPA (Voluntary Partnership Agreement) is a legally-binding bilateral trade agreement aiming to improve forest governance and promote trade in legal timber from Indonesia to the EU market. According to recent data, in 2015 Indonesia’s timber product export to Europe reached USD $882 million . In addition to the EU, China, Japan and Korea are the main export destination for Indonesia’s forest products.
“FLEGT license will have a positive impact on Indonesia’s sustainable timber trade. WWF-Indonesia calls both on the Indonesian government and the EU to ensure that the Indonesian timber licensing scheme is properly enforced and monitored by independent groups so that it can be as a true foundation for sustainability,” says Aditya Bayunanda, Forest Commodity Market Transformation Leader, WWF-Indonesia. “The Indonesian government must ensure Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) will be granted full access to information including relevant data and planning documents. Holding up such information would greatly decrease the credibility and transparency of the system.”
Currently, there are 2,322 industries in Indonesia (source, Ministry of Forestry and Environment, 2016) that have passed SVLK and possess V-legal certificate, allowing them to export directly. Upon proper implementation of SVLK, it can be a basis for sustainable forest management throughout the country.
Further information please contact:
Nur Maliki Arifiandi, GFTN Trade and Networking Coordinator, WWF Indonesia
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org , Ph: +62 8151660736
Diah R. Sulistiowati, Forest And Species Terrestrial Communications Coordinator, WWF Indonesia
Email: email@example.com, Ph: +62 8111004397
Notes to Editor:
1. SVLK, Timber Legality Assurance System (SVLK) is a tracking system which was developed by involving multi-stakeholders to assure the legality of sources from which timber being traded in Indonesia originates. SVLK is also meant to encourage the implementation of the existing government’s regulations related to trade
2. FLEGT, Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade. The EU's FLEGT Action Plan was established in 2003. It aims to reduce illegal logging by strengthening sustainable and legal forest