Indonesia is the only country in the world to issue FLEGT licenses. These allow the marketing of timber products to Europe. To obtain a license, producers must comply with the Timber Legality Verification System (SVLK). This is challenging for micro- and small-scale furniture producers (a significant proportion of furniture producers in Indonesia). Challenges include the high cost of compliance, a lack of organization and institutional capacity for group certification, and a lack of understanding of market benefits of SVLK.
This project is implemented in Jepara (Central Java) and Pasuran (East Java), two centers of wood furniture production in Indonesia. It is a collaboration between CIFOR and the Association of Wood-based Furniture Producers in Jepara (APKJ). The project assesses the SVLK compliance of micro- and small-scale furniture producers and aims to increase the SVLK uptake in these areas. This is done through:
- Strengthening the organizational performance of APKJ to enable them to attract new, and especially young, members.
- Improving understanding of the furniture of market and demographic trends.
- Using lessons from Jepara to facilitate setting up a furniture producer group in Pasuruan.
- Collaborating with the Jepara and Pasuruan offices of the furniture industry associations, Indonesia Furniture and Handicraft Industry Association, Association of Indonesia Furniture and Craft Indonesia and The Indonesia Furniture Industry and Craft Association to share information and strengthen SVLK.
Using the data, the project partners will collaborate with the furniture producers to identify key intervention points and gender-responsive strategies to increase compliance to SVLK.