Timber harvesting operations in a state plantation in Sambong district, where Sunteak Alliance sources its timber
Source: Robertus Pudyanto, EU FLEGT Facility
The government also introduced group SVLK certification, reducing the economic burden on smaller companies that band together. In 2018, the government allocated 4 billion rupiah (240,000 euros) to subsidise the costs of SVLK for small and medium companies. In 2019, this will increase to 20 billion rupiah. Previously, the costs of certification had deterred people from pursuing legality. “Now everybody is doing it,” says Murliantini.
She is very happy that her export business has picked up in recent years, and is convinced that her buyers are quite happy with SVLK. She says that without it her company would have closed down. Now she encourages others to follow her lead. She spent three years as the furniture producer association AMKRI’s* head of certification for Jepara, teaching its members about SVLK and guiding them step-by-step.
“I helped 22 small and medium enterprises to get group certification,” she says. She also set up an association of businesswomen involved in different aspects of the timber product manufacture. Several members of this group — Jepara Women Entrepreneurs — are now SVLK-certified.
Having done her part, Murliantini now urges her government, and those in EU member states, to do more to promote the SVLK and its FLEGT-licensed timber products so that buyers understand them like they understand FSC certification.
“I need the EU to sensitise importers there so they know that SVLK is to stop illegal logging, for our future and for nature,” she says. “The EU, UK and Indonesia need to blow up how important SVLK is for the world, especially for climate change.”
*Since merged with another association (ASMINDO) and now called HIMKI