Timber exports have not improved since FLEGT licensing approvals: Indonesia
Indonesia’s watershed approval on FLEGT licenses have not expanded marketing opportunities in the EU, contrary to what was originally believed, according to the Association of Indonesian Forest Concessionaires (APHI).
Ida Bagus Putera Parthama, Director General of Sustainable Production Forest Management from the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, said there are several factors other than certification and licensing that affect demand for Indonesia’s wood products, the main being design, quality and price.
Greater efforts are needed to promote Indonesian certification system in the EU.
FLEGT licensing came into force on November 15, 2016. Timber exports with the FLEGT stamp are deemed to have undergone rigorous due diligence and are verified as legal.
International non-profit organisations such as the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), the Borneo Initiative, WWF and the UK Timber Trade Federation are also adding to the momentum, driven by the domestic timber legality verification system.
Indonesia has 3.3 million hectares of certified forest in Indonesia. APHI is also encouraging members to fully implement sustainable forest management so as to secure certification.