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Highlighting strengths and challenges of Indonesia’s Sustainable Forest Management Standard as a mechanism for increased sustainability

A recent study explores the environmental credentials and performance of the Indonesian sustainable forest management standard known as the PHPL (Pengelolaan Hutan Produksi Lestari). Conducted by...

Update on recent developments in Indonesia

On 27 February 2020, Indonesia's Ministry of Trade (MoT) issued Regulation No 15/2020 on the export of forestry products. Subsequently, on 13 March 2020, the Coordinating Ministry for Economic...

Recognising Indonesian V-legal documents in China: Exploring the options

Under its Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) with the European Union, Indonesia issues export licences attesting to the legality of its timber shipments to non-EU markets. These “V-Legal...

South-east Asian countries share progress to tackle illegal logging and its associated trade

The 7th Regional Training Workshop on Timber Legality Assurance took place from 19 to 21 November 2019 in Jakarta, Indonesia. Participants discussed their efforts to tackle illegal logging and its...

Indonesia and the EU release 2018 annual report on VPA progress

Indonesia and the EU have released a joint report on progress in implementing the Voluntary Partnership Agreement from January to December 2018.

Three years of FLEGT licensing: EU and Indonesia take stock of forest governance progress

The EU and Indonesia embarked on an ambitious journey to improve forest governance and promote trade in legal timber over a decade ago. This month, the two parties celebrated the third anniversary...

Briefing note presents lessons learnt from the implementation of the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade licensing system in Indonesia

The EU FLEGT Facility has issued a briefing note that draws lessons from three years of Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) licensing in Indonesia.

Responsible trade in tropical timber: exporting and importing countries explain the actions they are taking

Representatives from tropical timber exporting and importing countries discussed responsible trade in timber at a session during the Asia-Pacific Forestry Week in Incheon, Korea on 19 June 2019.

Working paper explores potential for applying Indonesia’s timber legality assurance system in customary forests

Working paper explores potential for applying Indonesia’s timber legality assurance system in customary forests A 2013 ruling of the Indonesian Constitutional Court allows customary groups to...

VPA supports increased law enforcement against illegal logging in Indonesia

Indonesia has been stepping up action against illegal logging and other forest crimes, with an increase in law enforcement operations and hundreds of court cases in the past three years. However,...

Women in Indonesia’s wooden furniture sector: the trailblazers

Women are at the forefront of a shift towards legal timber sourcing in Indonesia’s furniture-making capital, Jepara.

EU and Indonesia mark 2nd anniversary of FLEGT licensing

This month, Indonesia and the EU marked the second anniversary of a major milestone in their partnership against illegal logging — the launch of the world’s first ‘FLEGT’ licensing scheme,...

Indonesia improving FLEGT licensing procedures

Indonesia improving FLEGT licensing procedures Indonesia has taken several measures in recent months to improve procedures relating to FLEGT licences — the export licences that attest to the...

Call for tender: Second (2018) and Third (2019) Periodic Evaluation (PE) of the Indonesia-EU VPA

The European Forest Institute has issued a call for tender fo the Second (2018) and Third (2019) Periodic Evaluation (PE) of the Indonesia-EU VPA. The objective of this evaluation is to provide...

Indonesia and the EU release 2016 annual report on VPA progress

Indonesia and the EU have released a joint report on progress in implementing the Voluntary Partnership Agreement from May 2015 to December 2016.

Ghana visits Indonesia to learn FLEGT licensing lessons

With Ghana moving towards full implementation of its Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) with the EU on illegal logging, representatives of its forest sector stakeholders have visited Indonesia...