Indonesia's forests cover around 60% of its land area. Indonesia is one of the world's largest exporters of tropical timber. It exports a wide variety of timber products, ranging from plywood, pulp and paper to furniture and handicrafts. The main export destinations for its forest products are China, the EU, Japan and Korea.
Indonesia was one of the first countries to start negotiating a VPA with the EU. It was the first Asian country to initial a VPA.
Indonesia is developing the systems needed to control, verify and license legal timber. It will use these systems for all commercial timber and timber products produced, processed and purchased in Indonesia. The system will also cover all exports, both to EU countries and to other importing countries.
Voluntary Partnership Agreement status
- FLEGT licencing started: 15 November 2016
- VPA entry into force: 1 May 2014
- VPA ratified: April 2014
- VPA signed: 30 September 2013
- VPA agreed: 4 May 2011
- Negotiations started: March 2007
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- Briefing: Timber trade flows and investments between China and VPA countries 04.04.2017
- Southeast Asia marks progress in combating illegal timber trade 04.01.2017
- EU and Indonesia hail milestone in partnership against illegal logging 07.12.2016
- Indonesia and EU launch FLEGT licensing for legal timber to combat illegal logging 15.11.2016
- The wait is over. FLEGT licences are coming 15.09.2016
Annual report progress update April 2015-May 2016: Implementing the Indonesia – EU FLEGT Voluntary Partnership Agreement [PDF English]
Record of Discussion of the second Joint Implementation Committee, 12 February 2015
Record of discussion of the first Joint Implementation Committee, 24 September 2014