May 6, 2020

SVLK reimposition a welcome breakthrough, says WWF 

JAKARTA ( - As reported previously by (May 1), Indonesian Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya recently made the decisive move of announcing that Indonesia's timber legality assurance system (SVLK) remains applicable.

The minister took this position on the back of an inter-ministerial agreement to suspend and revise the recent trade ministry regulation which removed SVLK as a mandatory export requirement for products from the Indonesian forestry industry. 

“In times of global economic slowdown, this move is a welcome breakthrough,” said Acting CEO of WWF Indonesia Lukas Laksono Adhyakso (May 5).

He made this statement after being asked for his view by on its recent news report titled “Indonesia’s timber legality system remains in force” (May 1).

WWF Indonesia also commended concerted efforts to reimpose the SVLK, saying that these will further strengthen the forestry governance in the country. 

Dealing with illegal logging practices remains one of the primary focuses of Indonesian forestry authorities. This is depicted in the photos below from a case in South Sulawesi in which the legal process is ongoing amid the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Exports, trade assured

WWF Indonesia has also asserted that the continuing application of SVLK, as declared by Minister Nurbaya, will continue to assure the export and trade of SVLK certified products in the international market.

The conservation organization emphasized that by keeping SVLK in force, forestry industry businesses nationwide will continue to be boosted.

“Most importantly, it will improve the economies of communities where certified SVLK timber products are manufactured,” Adhyakso asserted.

“The fact that the verification process and data are accessible to the public attests to the robustness of the governance of SVLK,” he added.

Data from the Indonesian NGO Auriga Nusantara, as reported by Mongabay Indonesia (Mar 26), indicates that the growth of Indonesian forestry product exports increased sharply from 2013 to 2019 with SVLK in place. 

“The continuing application of SVLK will facilitate a trend of steady growth (for the export-oriented forestry industry),” said Adhyakso."