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May 18, 2020
Indonesia’s timber legality system remains in force
Indonesia has rowed back on plans to weaken rules for the timber products it exports, as green groups warned the proposed move would have undermined international efforts to combat illegal logging and deforestation. Rule changes put forward by Indonesia’s trade ministry earlier this year would have ended inspections of timber goods for export - to ensure the wood was obtained legally and not linked to deforestation - from late May. But in a regulation enacted on May 11, the ministry said reinstating the checks would “provide certainty” for exporters.   ...
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