Indonesia and China have agreed to a sustainable timber trade. China has indicated it would now only import verified legal wood products. Indonesia’s SVLK certificates would be recognised as an evidence of legality.
The deal was made during the COP 21 Climate Talks in Paris when Indonesian Director General of Sustainable Forest Management, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Putera Parthama met the Deputy Director General of International Cooperation from China’s State Forestry Administration.
China is a main market for Indonesian timber, importing over US$2 billion worth of wood products in the past 12 months.