For the first time in Indonesia, and with UK grant support, five community forest management cooperatives / associations have been certified as legal under the Indonesian Timber Legality Assurance System (or “SVLK”).
UK Climate Change Unit Head Jenny Yates was in Lampung recently to witness the award of five legality certificates by Minister of Forestry Zulkifli Hasan, and to engage in the dialogue with local farmers.
The five community forests are:
- Cooperative Comlog Giri Mukti Wana Tirta (Pekandangan, Central Lampung)
- Cooperative Wana Manunggal Lestari (Gunung Kidul, DIY)
- The Wonosobo Forest Owners’ Association (Wonosobo, Central Java),
- Gapoktanhut Jati Mustika (Blora, Central Java) and
- Cooperative Hutan Jaya Lestari (Konawe, South-East Sulawesi).
The total area of forest audited is 3,100 hectares spread over 41 villages in Indonesia, and this certification will have a positive impact on the livelihoods of the 6,024 members of the group and their families. The forests have all been audited by PT Sucofindo against the Indonesian legality standard.
It is thought that community timber supplies up to 70% of the furniture industry and 50% of the woodworking industry, according to government figures, so there is lots more to do.
The success of these community efforts is demonstration that the Timber Legality Assurance System (SVLK) can be applied as a credible guarantee to small and medium scale economic enterprises and community groups. The audit certificate will strengthen the management of community-based forests by helping secure the asset and give confidence to buyers and potential investors alike.
At the same time the Minister of Forestry launched the V-Legal verified legal timber logo. This logo is an assurance for Indonesian timber, and it can be used for marketing with customers.