BANDUNG-WWF Indonesia welcomed the achievement of Indonesia as the first country in the world to successfully obtain FLEGT license (Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade). It thus disclosed by the Forest Commodities Market Transformation Leader of WWF Indonesia Aditya Bayunanda, in a release received by jabarprov.go.id, Monday (19/8).
According to Aditya, FLEGT license, is part of efforts to combat illegal logging and illegal timber trade. The European Union and Indonesia have agreed that the date of 15 November 2016, Indonesia has been able to issuing of FLEGT licenses for timber products exported to the EU. With capitalize FLEGT licenses, the Indonesian forestry products will no longer require due diligence to enter the European market.
"We congratulate him on this success, it reveals the commitment of Indonesia in conserving Indonesia's forests by improving forest governance and as a country that only sells wood products that guaranteed its legality," said Acting CEO of WWF-Indonesia Benja Mambai.
In a release issued by the European Union yesterday, mentioned this decision was made at a meeting of the Joint Implementation Committee (Joint Implementation Committee) 5th reviewing FLEGT voluntary partnership agreement (VPA). This agreement basically puts Timber Legality Verification System (SVLK) as an important instrument to ensure Indonesian timber that is marketed in Europe is wood that is free from lawlessness and comes from managed forests legally and responsibly.
"SVLK building process that takes more than 10 years, have yielded encouraging results" said Aditya Bayunanda, Forest Commodity Market and Transformation Leader of WWF-Indonesia. "It is certainly not in spite of the strong commitment of the Government of Indonesia. We hope that this certification can also be strengthened to guarantee the future sustainability for the entire forest-based products from Indonesia. "
In 2014, said Aditya along with a number of NGOs who are members of the Coalition of Anti-Mafia Forest (KAMH) released a report on the review of the performance SVLK urge the Government and stakeholders SVLK to fix the fundamental flaws in various aspects, including the level of the tread. (NR)