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    First Export of FLEGT Licensed Wood Products

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    BANDUNG-GFTN Indonesia Trade and Networking Coordinator, WWF Nur Maliki Arifiandi, in a release received jabarprov.go.id, Tuesday (15/11) explained Today, November 15, 2015, the first export of Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT) licensed wood products from Indonesia to EU countries do. WWF-Indonesia welcomes this momentum which signifies the commitment of Indonesia to combat illegal logging and illegal timber trade.

    Indonesia is the first country in the world which has right to issue FLEGT licenses thus Indonesian timber products are free to enter the EU market and Indonesia is one of the largest exporters of tropical wood products ranging from plywood, pulp and paper to furniture and handycrafts. Starting today, a logging company in Europe could place Indonesian timber products into the EU market without going through the completed test.

    FLEGT-VPA is an agreement between the Indonesian government and the EU aims to improve governance and promote legal timber trade from Indonesia to the EU market and to support the Wood Legality Verification System (SVLK) meets the requirements of the European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR).

    "We welcome the first export of Indonesian forest products to the EU," said Benja V. Mambai PLT CEO, WWF-Indonesia. "This is the fruit of hard work all parties for 10 years in developing Wood Legality Verification System, until the system is becoming an important instrument to ensure Indonesia wood products that is marketed to the European Union and other countries comes from legal sources."

    Based on recent data, said Nur Maliki Indonesian wood products which is exported to Europe in 2015 reached USD 882 billion [1]. In addition to the EU, China, Japan and Korea are the main export destinations of Indonesia forestry. (NR)

    Meanwhile, Forest Commodity Market Transformation Leader of WWF-Indonesia, Aditya Bayunanda, in his statement describing "FLEGT License will bring a positive impact on the marketing of timber products from Indonesia.

    WWF-Indonesia urges the Indonesian authorities and the EU to completely run and monitor the implementation of this system, so that could be the basis to move toward sustainability, ".

    "The Indonesian government also has to ensure information access to Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) to be able to conduct independent monitoring, including in providing access to relevant data and planning documents. hold such information can make it difficult for NGOs to monitor the implementation of Wood Legality Verification System in field, "he added.

    At the moment there are already 2,322 industries in Indonesia (data KLHK, 2016) which has passed Wood Legality Verification System and V-legal certified, and can be directly exporting to various countries. This certificate as proof of Indonesia seriousness to improve forest governance. Implementation of Wood Legality Verification System right can be a solid foundation to implement forest management in Indonesia. (NR)

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