Indonesian forestry cooperation develops people`s forest certification

Kuta, Bali (ANTARA News) - The Indonesian Forestry Certification Cooperation (IFCC) is developing a certification for community-managed forest, so that their products can be accepted in international markets that implement verification of wood products.

"I personally do not want IFCC as it is only serving a large group. Therefore, we are also developing a forest certification," IFCC Chairman Dradjad Hari Wibowo said in a dialogue under a theme of the Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) here Thursday.

At the present juncture there are only 1.8 million hectares of forest lands in Indonesia that have been certified, according to him. Those forest lands are managed by APP and APRIL, two large companies, one of which runs a paper business.

IFCC will seek funding to finance the certification process for the people so that will not have to pay a cost since certification requires a lot of funds, he added.

"We raise funds and we have got some. We are now developing certification for community forests," Dradjad noted.

The community-managed forest is usually planted with several types of woods such as teak and coconut that can be processed into furniture, he said.

The certification for peoples forest is still in the stage of mapping, Drajad explained.

The mapping of community forests is located in several areas in Java and the pilot project for the certification will be in Bali.(*)