Timber legality system for small enterprises in Indonesia

Rufi’i, Director of Processing and Marketing of Forest Products at the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK), has reported that the government’s new timber legality certification programme for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) will provide the same legal umbrella for MSMEs as currently provided by SVLK certification for large companies.

The new scheme is targeting 400 groups comprising around 12,000 MSMEs in the forest production and processing sectors.

Purwadi Soeprihanto, Executive Director of the Indonesian Forest Entrepreneurs Association, said the Association welcomes this initiative by the government particularly as it deals with both downstream and upstream sectors. Academics have also welcomed the new initiative as this will help eliminate illegal timber from the domestic trade.