Indonesia Timber Trade Transparency Workshop
March 21st, 2019
The Indonesia Business Council for Sustainable Development (IBCSD) in collaboration with the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) facilitated a forum on Indonesia Timber Trade Transparency in JS Luwansa, Jakarta on 21 March 2019. This forum aimed to improve the Indonesian forestry sectors understanding of sustainable development and responsible business practices so increasing their capacity to respond to environmental and social issues. Thirty participants representing 12 NGOs, 7 companies, association and government partner took part in the discussions.
Ms. Laksmi Prasvita, IBCSD Executive Committee, in her welcoming remarks emphasised the importance of the forum as opportunity to promote smart practices in tackling risks and taking advantage of opportunities related to sustainable development in the Indonesian forestry sector. Resource persons from government, private sector and NGOs were invited to share their perspectives on the lessons learned of the timber trade transparency implementation in Indonesia.
Sigit Pramono, Head of Sub-Directorate for Notification of Export and Import of Industrial Forest Products, Ministry of Environment and Forestry said that the transparency in the implementation of timber legality assurance system in Indonesia has improved significantly, despite rampant illegal logging in the past. “Export value of certified wood products increased from USD 6.1 billion (2013) to USD 12.13 billion in 2018”, said Sigit Pramono.
Head of Footprint and Social Compliance, PT APP Sinarmas, Sera Noviany shared the private sector commitment for transparency in the pulp and paper industry. “Transparency is important to foster trust from our stakeholders”, said Sera. NGOs have also contributed to the improved transparency of the Indonesia forestry sector. Mohamad Kosar (JPIK) underlined the room for improvement in the public access on the forestry sector data. Teguh Triono (ZSL Indonesia) shared the piloting on integrated landscape management for sustainability through KELOLA Sendang Project. And Chris Eves (ZSL London) promoted SPOTT online platform consisting 131 detailed indicators to assess timber and pulp producers and traders on the public disclosure of their policies, operations and commitments to environmental, social and governance best practices.