Indonesia’s timber legality system remains in force but subject to revision

The Indonesian Minister of Environment and Forestry, Siti Nurbaya, has confirmed that, after a series of meetings with relevant ministries following the Ministry of Trade suspension of the SVLK Regulation, the Ministry of Trade will withdraw that suspension until revisions of the SVLK are agreed, as reported by ITTO.

In a written statement Siti said the SVLK (Sistem Verifikasi Legalitas Kayu/Timber Legality Assurance System) continues to be applied. At the same time she announced increased financial support for export-oriented, timber SMEs.

It was further announced that the process of revising the Ministry of Trade regulation would involve the Ministry of Environment and Forestry as well as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.