Indonesian ministers: SVLK important for boosting wood products exports

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 of the Timber Legality Verification System(SVLK) related to sustainable forest management to meet export market demand for verification of legality.

In related news the Minister of Industry, Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita, proposed that SVLK be mandatory in the upstream wood processing industry but voluntary in the downstream wood processing industry as this would ease the burden on SMEs.

The Secretary General of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Bambang Hendroyono, said the Ministry plans to make it easier for SMEs to comply with the SVLK regulations and would be providing incentives for the SME sector.