SVLK in the Eyes of the Monitor

Independent Monitoring and A Review of The Implementation of The Timber Legality Verification System, 2011-2013

The Timber Legality Verification System (SVLK) is a system built to ensure the legality of timbers and timber products that are produced in Indonesia. The SVLK was initially stipulated in Forestry Minister Regulation – Permenhut No.38/2009 and implementation began in September 2010.

As a form of commitment to actively contribute to improving good governance in the forestry sector by ensuring credibility and accountability in SVLK implementation, the Independent Forest Monitoring Network (JPIK) was established. JPIK is a working network with members from civil society organizations (NGOs), individuals as well as community groups and focuses on monitoring SVLK implementation in Indonesia. Over the past 3 years, JPIK has been actively involved in monitoring the implementation of SVLK. JPIK has also been actively involved in providing inputs into the revision of SVLK regulations based on the findings from the monitoring activities.

This report is created by JPIK based on the monitoring on SVLK implementation between 2011 and 2013 and aims to share perspectives on the implementation of the SVLK based on the perspective of independent monitor, and identifies several aspects and issues that still need improvement.

JPIK would like to thank all of its members and focal points for their contribution to the monitoring activities, the staff of the JPIK National Secretariat for their contribution in formulating this report, and Forest Watch Indonesia (FWI) for hosting the JPIK National Secretariat.

JPIK would also like to thank the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) and UKaid for their support in publishing this report.

Hopefully this report will be useful for all SVLK observers in Indonesia, and provide input to the improvement of the SVLK and its implementation in the future.

The discussions in this review only focus on the implementation of the Sistem Verifikasi Legalitas Kayu (SVLK), detailed in Forestry Minister Regulation (Permenhut) No. P.38/Menhut-II/2009 jo. P.68/Menhut-II/2011 jo. P.45/Menhut-II/2012 jo. P.42/Menhut-II/2013 and the Regulations of the Director General No. P.6/VI-Set/2009, P.02/VI-BPPH/2010, P.8/VI-BPPHH/2011, P.8/VI-BPPHH/2012 on standards and guidelines on implementation of performance assessment of sustainable management of production forest. This report has not yet included a review on the implementation of the SVLK detailed in Regulation of the Forestry Minister No P.43/Menhut-II/2014 and Regulation of the Director General No P.5/VI-BPPHH/2014. Please see Box 4 of Chapter 1 for changes occurring in P.43/Menhut-II/2014 and P.5/V-BPPHH/2014.

Author :
Abu Meridian, Mardi Minangsari, Zainuri Hasyim, Arbi Valentinus, Nike Arya Sari, Uni Sutiah, Muhamad Kosar

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