An independent review on SVLK system launched by NGOs coalition

EoF News / 19 March 2014

 – NGO coalition launched an independent study on the Indonesian Timber Legality Assurance System (SVLK)  to scrutinize whether it and the actual Timber Legality (LK), Sustainable Production Forest Management (PHPL) and V-Legal certificates can guarantee the legality and sustainability of Indonesian timber products.

The study found the shortcomings such as: Implementation of the SVLK certification mandate has been weak; the SVLK standard has serious flaws allowing certified operations to be in non-compliance with several government regulations and/or be highly unsustainable;  PHPL and LK audit design, scoring and final grading appear designed to make it almost impossible to fail certification; relevant non-forestry laws & regulations are not considered, and corruption in the licensing process is not considered.