Jakarta, 11 December 2014 – A new initiative that will increase Indonesia’s ability to export sustainable forestry products was marked at an event in Jakarta today.
All products recognised by the Indonesian Forestry Certification Cooperation (IFCC) will receive automatic accreditation from the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC).
Endorsement from PEFC, the world’s largest sustainable forestry certification system, began in October and follows recognition by the European Union and Australia of Indonesia’s Timber Legality Assurance System (SVLK), sending a strong signal that Indonesia is able and willing to manage its forests in a sustainable and transparent manner.
Secretary General of PEFC International, Ben Gunneberg, speaking at the event said: “This endorsement signifies a turning point for Indonesia, a country still struggling to combat high deforestation rates. Forest certification represents an important mechanism to verify and promote sustainable forest management, thus safeguarding the environmental, social, and economic benefits that forests provide.
“This is especially important in a country like Indonesia, given the significance of its forest resources both in terms of protecting biodiversity and its contribution to supporting local livelihoods. PEFC-endorsed forest certifications enable people to choose good wood, wood that comes from forests that have been independently verified as sustainably managed. We encourage companies and consumers alike to opt for PEFC-certified products to support forest owners in Indonesia who manage their forests sustainably.”
The process for setting the IFCC certification standard started in 2012. Drafted in partnership with members of the standardization committee, it was approved by the IFCC board of directors in 2013 and submitted to the PEFC Council for endorsement this year. The certification is valid until 1st October 2019, when it will be subject to renewal.
The Chairman of IFCC, Dradjad H Wibowo, stated: “While some people may perceive a conflict between sustainable forestry and economic development in Indonesia, endorsement of the IFCC by PEFC shows that both are possible. With many companies and consumers in the world acknowledging the PEFC certificate as a guarantee of quality products including wood, pulp, paper and its derivative products that come from sustainably managed forest, the endorsement therefore opens new opportunities for exports from Indonesia which, in turn, can create job opportunities and economic development. We now ask all of our stakeholders to observe and respect their IFCC accreditation, so we can ensure the standard remains a credible mark of our forestry management.”
Aida Greenbury, Managing Director of Sustainability at APP, commented: “Sustainability in the pulp and paper sector is something that the industry must work towards if our products are to reach a broader global marketplace. Certification is an important part of this as it acts as a benchmark that is recognized and trusted by international customers.
“However, as an industry leader, we aim to exceed certification standards to ensure the industry more quickly towards sustainable practices. That is why we are committed to Zero Deforestation and why we continue to work with multiple stakeholders in the forest landscapes.”
Endorsement of the IFCC is another mark of the expanded reach of PEFC within the region. As Japan becomes the latest Asian country to join PEFC as a National Member, a number of other countries are also exploring options to achieve similar recognition, with India, New Zealand, Myanmar, Nepal, the Philippines, South Korea, and Thailand advancing their national systems for consideration by the certification system.
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Notes to Editors:
Additional commentary from Indonesian forestry stakeholders:
The Association of Indonesian Forest Concession Holders (APHI) welcomed the endorsement of IFCC’s scheme by PEFC, with Purwardi Soeprihanto, Executive Director of APHI, saying: “PEFC endorsement marks a new era in the development of a voluntary sustainable forestry certification system. Supported by the national accreditation scheme, the Timber Legality Verification System (SVLK), we expect international markets to be increasingly receptive to Indonesian forestry products which are promoted as sustainable. While consumers in different countries have separate expectations over the use of sustainable practices, the scope of PEFC allows individual countries to approach sustainability in their own way while reassuring the end-user that sustainable standards have been met.”
Secretariat General of the Indonesian Wood Panel Association (APKINDO), A.A Malik, stated: “We welcomed the establishment of IFCC in Indonesia, and are pleased the world has accepted the certification as a standard of sustainability. We now wish that the IFCC standard can be implemented to achieve sustainable forestry in the development of the wood panel industry. IFCC can play a valuable role in broadening the market for certified wood panelling by promoting and providing information to consumers on the importance of using legally certified wood.”
Liana Bratasida, Executive Director of Association of Pulp and Paper Indonesia (APKI), said: “It is encouraging that the criteria for IFCC was developed with the involvement of multiple stakeholders, considering not only ecological aspects of sustainable forestry management but also the wellbeing of the surrounding community. The endorsement of sustainable pulp and paper products from Indonesia will also be a valuable tool for marketing when promoting Indonesian products abroad.”
· Lisman Sumardjani, Executive Director of Association of Furniture Indonesia, also commented: “The IFCC’s efforts to certify forestry products will attract international acknowledgement and sustain progress towards sustainable forestry.”
IFCC – Indonesian Forestry Certification Cooperation
IFCC is an Indonesian legal entity, established on October 19th, 2011 and accepted as the National Governing Body of PEFC in Indonesia as of November 2012. Its objective is to promote Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) by implementation of the PEFC’s Scheme, which includes among others, but is not limited to, certification of forest management, forest products, forest product-processing industries, and the chain of custody.
IFCC is a national organization responsible for the development of forest certification in Indonesia using the PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) scheme. On May 2012, IFCC started the process to develop a sustainable forest management certification standard in an open and transparent manner, involving a variety of stakeholders to reach a consensus on an accepted forest management certification standard based on the PEFC’s guidelines.
PEFC – The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) is an international non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to promoting Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) through independent third-party certification.
PEFC works throughout the entire forest supply chain to promote good practice in the forest and to ensure that timber and non-timber forest products are produced with respect for the highest ecological, social and ethical standards. Thanks to its eco-label, customers and consumers are able to identify products from sustainably managed forests.
PEFC is an umbrella organization. It works by endorsing national forest certification systems developed through multi-stakeholder processes and tailored to local priorities and conditions.
With over 30 endorsed national certification systems and more than 240 million hectares of certified forests, PEFC is the world's largest forest certification system. www.pefc.org