Thursday, May 5, 2011

The Promise to End Illegal Logging

Last Wednesday, the Indonesian government and the European Union concluded the Voluntary Partnership Agreement on Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (VPA FLEGT).that would redule Illegal Logging, Log Laundering and other related activities in Indonesia.

According to the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs this agreement will support Indonesia's efforts to strengthen Good Governance, Law Enforcement and Accountability in its Forest sector.

Indonesia plan to audit all of its 4,500 producers, processors and exporters to ensure the legality of all Timber, Paper, and Pulp products exported to the E.U and other markets.

And the E.U will guarantee free and unrestricted access for all FLEGT licensed Timber products coming from Indonesia and will seek to increase the visibility of FLEGT products in the E.U.

Indonesia and the E.U aimed to commence FLEGT licensing procedures at the beginning of 2013, ahead of the entry into operations of the E.U Timber Regulation in March 2013 which will prohibit the first sale of illegal Timer in the E.U.

I hope that this agreement will end, or at least reduce illegal logging that has plagued Indonesia for many years. 

11 comments:

dabo singkep said...

perhaps don't do in my village...

Multibrand said...

Dabo Singkep,
Let us hope illegal logging in Indonesia will stop soon.

colson said...

I also hope it will end illegal logging. But it is against my better judgement.

Because, really, do they think within one and a half year the Indonesian authorities will be able to audit and control logging in all of the archipelago?

Earlier on I thought just the Norwegian government was naive. Now the amazing innocence of the EU sends my head spinning.

Or, perhaps both parties just kept up appearances in order to make a profitable deal?

Eeshie said...

Illegal logging? What exactly is it?

Wisata Murah said...

kasus Illegal Logging ini sudah mencuat dari dekade tahun lalu,, sejak nama bob hasan yg disebut sebut dalam Illegal Logging ini.. terima kasih sudah mengingatkan kembali

Multibrand said...

@Colson,
I share your doubt and suspicion about this agreement.
But I'd like to think positively that the EU trust Indonesia and willing to give us a chance, in spite of the uncertainty in the implementation of agreement with Norway.

@Eshie,
Thank you for your question.
I'll explain based on information provided by Wikipedia :
Illegal Logging is the harvest, transportation, purchase or sale of timber in violation of laws.
The harvesting procedure itself may be illegal, including using corrupt means to gain access to forests; extraction without permission or from a protected area; the cutting of protected species; or the extraction of timber in excess of agreed limits.

@Wisata Murah,
Benar, masalahnya berlarut larut karena diduga banyak petinggi negara kita yang melindungi para pelakunya.

equity said...

mungkin kasus seperti ini gak kan pernah habis di negeri kita ini... sebab begitu besar dan banyak yang terlibat di dalamnya. sukses ya sob

Multibrand said...

Equity,
Yang penting dalam hal ini adalah keseriusan pemerintah dalam menegakkan hukum untuk melindungi hutan kita.

r10 said...

kasus illegal logging masih saja belum terselasaikan, padahal hutan milik masa depan anak cucu bangsa kita

kalau sampai hutan punah, kasihan mereka

stugod said...

Harrry for President is what I say.
Ha Ha hope you and your family are ok Harry. I do not feel qualified to comment on Indonesian politics so just a quick hello again my old friend

Multibrand said...

Stuart (Stugod),
Thank you for your comment.