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Indonesian ministers: SVLK important for boosting wood products exports

05-06-2020
Indonesia, ministers, Timber Legality Verification System, SVLK, sustainable forest management

Following Indonesian government’s decision to backtrack on an earlier decision to end timber legality checks for the export of wood products, several ministers and government officials commented on this issue. As reported by ITTO, the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, stressed the importance …

Indonesia backed off plans to loosen rules for timber legality

21-05-2020
Indonesia, ministry of trade, legality, timber, forestry, SVLK, exports, EU, vertification

Indonesia has turned back on plans to weaken rules for the timber exports, following warnings that continuing the move would undermine efforts to combat illegal logging and deforestation, reported TTJ. According to Reuters, the changes in timber legality rules put forward by Indonesia's trade ministry earlier this year would have ended …

Continued efforts needed to improve Indonesia’s legal forestry management

06-01-2020
Indonesia, timber production, report, monitor strengthening, independent forestry monitoring network, timber legality verification system, SVLK, effective, VPA implementation, JURnal Celebes

Indonesia’s civil society organisation, Jurnal Celebes recently released a report "Strengthening Indonesia’s Independent Forestry Monitoring Network to Ensure a Credible Timber Legality Verification System (SVLK) and Effective VPA Implementation", reported ITTO. Between October 2018 and December 2019, Jurnal Celebes monitored the …

Malaysian Customs had successful trial of localised Guidelines for verifying timber legality

14-11-2019
Guidelines for verifying timber legality, Malaysia, customs, TRAFFIC, illegal logging, timber trade

A first-of-their-kind guidelines to verifying the legality of timber in trade had been successfully trialled by customs officers in Malaysia. The guidelines are now available for enforcement officers nationwide and worldwide, according to TRAFFIC, an international wildlife conservation NGO. The Guidelines for Verifying Timber Legality, completed …

Editor’s pickVietnam's VPA Voyage Builds Momentum

13-07-2018
vietnam, vpa, asia, timber, wood, woodindustry, material, illegal, legality, export, business, financial, government, flegt

The artisanal community must also be brought through the VPA. Vietnam still has obstacles to overcome to reach the key objective of its EU Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade Voluntary Partnership Agreement (FLEGT VPA) — issuing FLEGT licences that assure the legality of its timber exports to the EU. The country’s …

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