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- Timber Legality Verification System (SVLK).

What is the SVLK?

SVLK stands for Sistem Verifikasi Legalitas Kayu, or Timber Legality Assurance System in English. It is designed to check the legality of timber from forest through to the point of export using independent auditors. Through multi-stakeholder consultation since 2003, finally in June 2009 the governance of Indonesia issued Minister of forestry decree No. P. 38/Menhut-II/2009 on Standards and Guidelines of Performance Evaluation of sustainable Forest Management (SFM) and Timber Legality Verification for Permit holders or Private Forest. This new SVLK regulation, has been in force since September 2009. The regulation were revised and improved by the issuance of Minister of Forestry Regulation No. P68/MenhutII/2011 and No. P45/MenhutII/2012.

Why is SVLK needed?

This is an Indonesian effort to assure the legality of its timber product, which is in line with the trend of major timber market globally and will meet this stronger demand legal timber. The government of Japan applies Goho-wood of Green Konjuho which requires that timber imported into country comes from legal sources. The Government of the United States of America amended the Lacey Act, aimed at avoiding import of illegal timber into country. The European Union issued Regulation No. 995/2010 (Timber Regulation) obliging operator to possess irrefutable proofs that timber products that they trade do not come from illegal sources and prohibiting illegal timber.