Indonesia, Malaysia To Cooperate In Tackling Illegal Logging

JAKARTA, Oct 19 (Bernama) — Indonesia is ready to have talks with Malaysia on bilateral trade in timber amid increased allegations that the neigbouring state had been receiving Indonesian timber from illegal logging, Antara news agency cited Forestry Minister Zulkifli Hasan as saying.

“I have met with the Malaysian authorities and they said `zero tolerance’ to timbers from illegal logging and smuggling. Hopefully, we will sign a memorandum of understanding with them (on the issue),” said Minister Hasan.

He added that illegal logging had caused Indonesia huge financial losses as well as deforestation.

“I also visited China and received information from the Chinese timber business circle that they still received uncertified timbers (merbau wood) from few neighbouring nations,” he added.

As Indonesia has signed a cooperation agreement for eradicating trade of timbers supplied from illegal logging activities, now illegal logging has decreased significantly.

Hasan said that efforts on putting pressure to trade of timber from illegal logging activities, has shown positive progress that it has increasingly been difficult to sell uncertified timbers.

Indonesia has issued a policy of subjecting the trade on timber legality verification system (SVLK) since September 1, 2010.

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