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    Indonesia Applies SVLK Licensing

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    BANDUNG- WWF is supported the undertsandings  reached related to the final stages of the recognition system of verification of legal wood Indonesia which will be recognized as FLEGT Scheme (Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade) as President Joko Widodo met with EU President Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels on 21 April the 2016. A disclosed by the CEO of WWF Indonesia, Dr Efransjah, in a release received jabarprov.go.id, Thursday (5/5)
     

    This, said Efransjah, is a follow up of the final assessment stating that Indonesia is ready to implement the Indonesia-EU Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA), because at this time Indonesia has included all kinds of products within the scope of the VPA.
     
    Indonesia will be the first country to receive the FLEGT license by applying Timber Legality Verification System (SVLK). "Through the recognition of SVLK, Indonesia's commitment to protecting the forest with only the timber trade has been secured legality.
     
    Meanwhile, Forest Commodities Market Transformation Leader of WWF Indonesia, Aditya Bayunanda, in a release received jabarprov.go.id said that "Indonesia confirms its seriousness in combating illegal logging by applying timber legality verification on all wood products including furniture trafficked abroad.
     
    After going through a long process and full of challenges, Indonesia has been highlighted because of illegal wood, now almost 90% of the mill has been verified as legal. We appreciate the decisive steps by the government as an instrument of SVLK legality of Indonesian timber products specifically to be sold in foreign markets. "
     
     WWF Indonesia together with ASMINDO (Association of Indonesian Furniture and Handicraft Industry) since 2013 with the support from the European Union is providing guidance for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in order to obtain a SVLK certificate.
     
    These activities, said Aditya include capacity building and direct assistance to SMEs SVLK furniture to meet the standards, which are located in Java, Kalimantan and Sumatra. (NR)
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