FSC Publishes the National Forest Stewardship Standard for Indonesia

FSC Indonesia is pleased to announce that the National Forest Stewardship Standard (NFSS) for Indonesia was published on 18 August 2020. After several years of development, this comprehensive tool for promoting responsible forest management in Indonesia was approved on 30 June 2020 by FSC International in Bonn, Germany. The NFSS for Indonesia aims to enhance the effectiveness of forest resource use between timber, non-timber forest products and ecosystem services.

FSC is the global pioneer of genuine forest certification, and for more than 25 years has worked to improve forestry practices around the world by promoting responsible forest management through a voluntary, market-based approach. It is hoped that the establishment of the NFSS for Indonesia, which coincides with the 75th anniversary of Indonesia’s independence, will encourage and motivate all national forestry stakeholders to work together to ensure responsible, sustainable and equitable forest management practices.

Generally, although the value of timber in Indonesian production forests only amounts to about five percent of the total forest value, forest managers rely on timber as their primary product and source of revenue. Timber is also the main source of state revenue from production forests. This situation has led to an inefficient and non-optimised use of forest resources, especially in natural production forests; and something which will eventually erode forest resource value.

The Indonesian NFSS applies to all types and scales of forest management, including non-timber forest products and ecosystem services. It is hoped that the NFSS will support the efficient usage and sustainability of natural production forests through optimal resource utilisation by allowing forest managers to obtain multi-business permits.

The NFSS for Indonesia was developed by adapting the FSC Forest Stewardship Principles and Criteria version 5 and the FSC International Generic Indicators. This adaptation was based on the agreement of members of the national Standard Development Group facilitated by the Indonesian Ecolabelling Institute.

The Indonesian NFSS will become effective on 1 December 2020. The transition window for FSC-certified forests is twelve months and will last until 30 November 2021. The relevant NFSS documents in English will be made available in the FSC Document Centre in the near future. NFSS documents in Indonesian will be issued before 1 December 2020.

For more information or enquiries, please contact FSC Indonesia’s Marketing and Communications Manager Indra Dewi (i.dewi@fsc.org).

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