Indonesia and EU ready to move on FLEGT licensing


Plastic figure-8 nails are applied to meranti plywood logs to reduce end-splitting in a log yard in Probolinggo, Indonesia. Photo: MY Massijaya

Indonesian President Joko Widodo, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, and European Council President Donald Tusk agreed on 21 April 2016 to move swiftly towards promoting trade in legally produced timber between the European Union (EU) and Indonesia through the start of the first-ever Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) licensing scheme. The market effects of the scheme are being monitored by the FLEGT Independent Market Monitoring (IMM) mechanism, a multi-year project supervised by ITTO and financed by the EU.