The opening of log export may potentially trigger the illegal logging in Indonesia

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Bogor, 13 December 2017. Illegal logging and smuggling of logs could flourish again in Indonesia if the Ministry of Environment and Forestry’s (KLHK) proposal for the log export is approved. Kaoem Telapak and the Independent Forestry Monitoring Network (JPIK) strongly reject this proposal because it can hamper the development of the domestic timber industry.

The Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK), through its Secretary General, Bambang Hendroyono plans to open a log faucet export that has been banned for 16 years on the grounds of oversupply of logs. While in reality, Indonesia’s primary forestry industry still lacks raw wood raw material. The realization of the fulfillment of raw materials for primary forestry industries above 6000 m 3 within five years since 2013-2017 has not reached 80% of the fulfillment plan.

Indonesia imposed a ban on log exports in 2001 through a Joint Decree (SKB) of the Minister of Forestry and the Minister of Industry and Trade. This decision was taken to overcome illegal logging and log smuggling which was very widespread at the time.

Namun demikian, dalam periode pemberlakuan larangan ekspor tersebut masih terjadi kasus penyelundupan kayu bulat dalam skala besar. Telapak dan EHowever, in the period of the enactment of the export ban there were still cases of large-scale log smuggling. Telapak and the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) in 2005 exposed the illegal trade of merbau from Papua to China, where about 300,000 m 3 of merbau logs were smuggled into China each month. Furthermore, in 2010, there were 23 containers containing Merbau logs captured by Customs at Tanjung Priok Port, Jakarta, which were planned to be sent to China. Law enforcement in these two cases has not been able to reach the master brain or the timber king behind the forest crime.

If the plan to re-enact the export of logs is correctly stipulated, then allegedly the crime of illegal logging and timber smuggling will again flourish. In addition, it will also have an impact on the high number of Termination of Employment (FLE) on employees of primary and advanced industries.

Ekspor kayu bulat akan mendorong efisiensi produksi, jika rata-rata tiap Log exports will encourage production efficiency, if on average each forest industry employs a minimum of 200 workers per factory, it is possible that around 150 thousands of workers will experience layoffs in the near future, and small, managed by the community, at least 10 workers per sawmill business unit wood will also lose its job due to loss of raw materials.

Not only that, log exports will result in reduced biodiversity. The high rate of forest degradation and deforestation due to illegal logging to get logs will eliminate most of the germplasm in Indonesia’s forest areas.

Kaoem Telapak and JPIK asked the Ministry of Environment and Forestry to cancel the plan to reinstate log exports. We also call on the Ministry of Industry and the Ministry of Trade to reject the plan to enforce log exports. We ask the three ministries to work together to ensure the availability of wood raw material supplies for the domestic industry

Contact Person:

Johanes Jenito (Juru Kampanye Hutan Kaoem Telapak)
HP: +62 811 522 1985

M Kosar (Dinamisator Nasional JPIK)
HP: +62 813 1872 6321

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