Indonesia’s innovative timber licence gives boost to climate protection
Oxford Policy Management-led project helps enhance forestry management and sustainable timber trade.
The Government of Indonesia has taken a major step towards eradicating illegal logging by embarking on the first-ever Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) licensing scheme. The scheme operates in partnership with the EU and is implemented through the country's Timber Legality Assurance Scheme, Sistem Verifikasi Legalitas Kayu (widely known as the SVLK licence).
Timber products licensed under the EU’s FLEGT scheme are subject to a control system that assures their legality, opening up a key market for trade and helping safeguard sustainable, community-based forestry practices. By minimising illegal logging – one of Indonesia’s main sources of land-based greenhouse gas emissions - the FLEGT scheme is helping the Indonesian Government fulfil its commitments under the Paris Climate Agreement.
The licencing scheme is one of key outputs of the three-year, DFID-funded Multi-Stakeholder Forestry Project (MFP3), which aims to eradicate illegal logging, conserve biodiversity and improve climate protection. Led by Oxford Policy Management in Indonesia, MFP3 promotes activities that help strengthen governance across Indonesia’s forestry sector, facilitating partnerships between central and local government, civil society and private sector actors.
Indonesian Minister of Environment and Forestry, Dr. Siti Nurbaya, welcomed the issuance of EU’s FLEGT licencing, which will help strengthen Indonesia’s forest governance. Speaking at a 22nd UN Climate Change Conference side-event, she said: “This licence is a direct result of increasing transparency, better accountability and multi-stakeholder participation in our forest governance.”
The first FLEGT licences were issued on 15 November 2016 to 36 Indonesian companies. Since Timber Legality Assurance System was implemented in 2013, all of Indonesia’s active forest concessions operating in natural forest or plantations have been SVLK-certified, covering over 23 million hectares of timber-producing conversion areas. Following a similar licencing agreement, all timber products imported to Australia from Indonesia also require SVLK certification.