Experts speak to Chatham House about how Indonesia has responded to illegal logging since signing a Voluntary Partnership Agreement with the European Union.
Illegal logging and the associated trade is a major cause of deforestation and forest degradation and accounts for a large proportion of forest sector activities around the world. Trade in illegal timber can be highly lucrative and involves the buying and selling of timber which may have been harvested, transported or processed illicitly.
This year, Indonesia – one of the world’s largest timber exporters – became the first country to officially issue licensed timber under the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA). The agreement aims to tackle illegal logging, improve forest governance and promote trade in verified and licensed legal timber products from Indonesia to European and international markets.
Experts speak to Chatham House about how Indonesia has been responding to illegal logging under the VPA.