Yellow Balau Certification
Indonesian Legal Wood (SVLK)
In 2009, the Government of Indonesia issued the Minister of Forestry Decree No.P. 38/Menhut-II/2009 on the Standards and Guidelines of Performance Evaluation of Sustainable Forest Management and Timber Verification for Permit Holder or on Private Forest. The new regulation is known as the Timber Legality Assurance System (or SVLK in Indonesian).
This is an Indonesian effort to assure the legality of its timber products, which is in line with the trend of major timber market globally. This is in accordance with the Regulation No.995/2010 (Timber Regulation) adopted by the European Union in 2013.
The “Indonesian Legal Wood” certificate provides irrefutable proofs that timber products do not come from illegal sources. All Indonesian timber-related industrial units, primary or secondary will have a legality certificate and are audited independently by the National Accreditation.
The SVLK (Timber Legality Verification) certificate guarantees that the operator /timber industry has complied with the legality standards and criterias.
P. 38/Menhut-‐II/2009 revised as P68/Menhut-‐II/2011 stipulates that the forestry business unit must get certified for Sustainable Forest Management (SFM), or at the minimum be certified for legality. Further, all timber related industrial units, either primary or secondary industry, have to obtain a legality certificate.
Sustainable Forest Management (“PHPL”) or legality assessment or audit is conducted independently assessor/verifier institutions accredited by the National Accreditation Body, and are monitored by NGOs or civil society.
By the end of 2011 assessment of SFM to management unit or permit holder operating on various forest management types had been conducted on a total area of around 8.8 million Has.
Timber Legality Verification (VLK) has also been conducted in natural forest and plantation forest covering a total of around 800,000 Ha. The VLK has also been conducted in 216 factories.