WRI Indonesia is developing a Forest Legality Initiative portfolio based on the FLEGT approach, aiming to support the Indonesian government to utilize FLEGT to combat illegal logging and promote sustainable forest products investment
To combat illegal logging and promote sustainable forest products investment
Indonesia’s illegal logging problem has deep roots. The heavily forested nation supplied 219 million cubic meters of unreported or illegally sourced timber from 1991 to 2014. This is equal to more than 2.3 million hectares of deforestation, an area 32 times the size of Singapore. It also cost the country $6.5-9 billion in uncollected non-tax revenues between 2003-2014, more than a quarter of the country’s infrastructure budget for 2018.
We conduct studies on comparative effectiveness between various wood tracking systems in Indonesia and deliver trainings to civil society organizations on using Global Forest Watch or other wood tracking technology in their investigation to trace illegal logging.