FSC Officially Launches National Forest Stewardship Standard for Indonesia

The standard, adapted to local geographic and forest management conditions, will encourage and expand sustainable forest management across Indonesia

15 December 2020, Bogor, Indonesia – Today, the Forest Stewardship Council Indonesia (FSC Indonesia) held an event to officially launch the National Forest Stewardship Standard (NFSS) for Indonesia.

The event, held both virtually and physically, marked the culmination of many years of work by FSC, the Standard Development Group team and numerous other stakeholders.

FSC certification has been in use in Indonesia since 1998. Of the over three million hectares currently certified, 2.7 million are natural production forests, 369,000 are plantation forests and 28,000 are smallholder forests.

The development of the NFSS for Indonesia is symbolic of FSC’s efforts to encourage and expand sustainable forest management in Indonesia, a country renowned for its rich tropical forests. The standard was developed in a multi-stakeholder manner and was specifically adapted to Indonesia’s unique forest management conditions, taking into account economic, environmental and social aspects.

In his opening speech at the event, Hartono Prabowo, Country Manager for FSC Indonesia outlined the work FSC has put into rolling out the NFSS, saying that “The NFSS is a combination of interests, expectations and aspirations of the many stakeholders, as well as a combination of various systems, methodologies and regulations. All of this is underpinned by a spirit of collaboration and synergy to create the best standard possible.”

The benefits of the NFSS are many. Significantly, the standard will enable FSC Indonesia to strengthen its contribution to several strategic programmes and issues of national importance, including:

  1. Combatting illegal logging, deforestation and forest degradation through the implementation of well-managed forests which create equitable economic, social and environmental benefits;
  2. Aligning with the development and implementation of programmes concerning multi-forestry businesses which balance the utilisation of forest resources including timber, non-timber forest products and ecosystem services; and
  3. Helping to promote Indonesian forest products in both global and domestic markets.

The NFSS applies to different forest management units of various sizes and types of forest management. It includes natural forests, plantation forests and community forests of large, small and low intensities. The standard also covers all forms of forest products, timber, non-timber forest products and environmental and ecosystem services.

The formulation of the NFSS for Indonesia was carried out by the Standard Development Group (SDG), made up of individuals who have extensive competence and knowledge in the field and facilitated by Lembaga Ekolabel Indonesia (LEI). The process, which began in 2014, involved extensive consultations with large-scale forest managers, small-scale and low-intensity forest managers, certification bodies and auditors, as well as stakeholders interested in certification as part of efforts to manage forests in a sustainable and equitable manner.

During her keynote speech for the event, Cindy Cheng, Regional Director of FSC APAC said, “The launch of this NFSS is an act of hope and encouragement. This national standard will complement FSC’s other activities in Indonesia and across Asia Pacific, like our Regional Forest Stewardship Standard for Smallholders… FSC’s work supporting market development and access through value chain development; and will help us continue our ambitious World Forest ID Program, which gathers wood samples from around the world with the aim of eradicating illegal logging and improving product integrity.”

In her closing speech, Rulita Wijayaningdyah, Vice-Chairperson FSC International Board of Directors, said, “I hope that the launch of FSC’s Indonesia National Forest Stewardship Standard will help realise responsible forest management in Indonesia and create long-lasting positive impacts for stakeholders from an economic, environmental and social perspective across the country.”

The NFSS for Indonesia was approved by FSC International on 30 June 2020 and was published on 18 August 2020. The Standard became effective on December 1, 2020. The transition window for FSC-certified forests is twelve months and will last until 30 November 2021.

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