Strengthening State and Non-State Actors in the Preparation, Negotiation and/or Implementation of FLEGT – VPA

Brief Overview

Illegal logging results in serious environmental and social damage, as well as costing governments an estimated $10 billion every year in lost revenues. To address the problem, the EU adopted the FLEGT Action Plan in 2003. This Action Plan sets out a range of measures that aim to combat the problem of illegal logging and associated trade, such as support to timber-producing countries and activities to promote trade in legal timber.

 

Indonesia is one of the leading EU's FLEGT partners. In particular, Indonesia is currently negotiating a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA). A VPA is a legally binding agreement by which the EU and Partner Countries undertake to work together to support the aims of the FLEGT Action Plan and to implement a timber licensing scheme. VPAs are designed to eliminate illegally-produced timber from a Partner Country’s international and domestic trade. VPAs also provide opportunities to ease access of legally verified products from partner countries to the EU market.

 

The global objective of program is to promote implementation of EU initiatives and internationally agreed commitments and the specific objective is to encourage civil society organizations participation in the FLEGT process in Indonesia and to strengthen their capacity.

 

Main Achievements/Milestones

In collaboration with Kehati, Telapak and National Forestry Council (DKN), Kemitraan had successfully finalized the work plan for the Action based on the project proposal agreed by EU and the development of the situation on the ground in a Consortium meeting in Bogor on 3 – 4 March 2011.

 

On 27 – 28 December 2011, the AIT (Action Implementation Team) successfully conducted an FGD to draft assessment design on the existing regulatory framework in related state agencies to support effective implementation of the Action. Prior to the implementation of this FGD, the AIT had conducted series of fruitful meeting with officials from the Ministry of Industry (Director of International and Multilateral Industrial Cooperative (For Zone I) Mr. Harjanto, Director of Industrial of Forestry and Agriculture Products Mr. Aryan Wargadalam and Director of Small and Medium Enterprises (For zone I) Ms. Gati Wibawaningsih), Ministry of Trade (Director of Export in Agriculture and Forestry Products Ms. Yamanah), the KPK’s Director for Network Development and Maintenance between Commissions and Institutions (PJKAKI) Sudjanarko and the Chief of Criminal Investigation Department of the Indonesian National Police Commissioner General Sutarman during November and early December 2011. Thus the FGD was attended by representatives from these agencies as well as from non state actors (from Bogor Institute of Agriculture and Lembaga Titian).

 

Project name : Strengthening State and Non-State Actors in The Preparation, Negotiation and/or Implementation of FLEGT – VPA
Source of funds : European Union
Project duration : January 2011 - January 2015
Geographical focus : Riau, Jakarta Capital Region, West Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan, Central Java, South Sulawesi, West Papua
Project partner(s) :

National Forestry Council, Kehati  and Telapak (Associate)

Beneficiaries : Local and central government, local people, NGOs, CSOs, media, business groups
Responsible Kemitraan Officer : Hasbi Berliani
Email : hasbi.berliani@kemitraan.or.id
Responsible KemitraanUnit : Sustainable Environmental Governance