Types of LEI Certification System
LEI has developed certification system and standards for natural forest, plantation forest, and community based forest management since 1993. Generally there are 3 types forest management and management operators in Indonesia :
(1) natural production forest management, managed by HPH;
(2) plantation forest management managed by HTI, and
(3) community based forest management managed as a community forest or an indigenous people forest
Based on the characteristics of the 3 forest management types in Indonesia, LEI develops standards of Sustainable Forest Management for :
- Sustainable Production Natural Forest Management Certification (PHAPL),
- Sustainable Plantation Forest Management Certification (PHTL),
- Sustainable Community-Based Forest Management (PHBML),
Forest management units may choose forest management certification standard suitable for their forest management type.
LEI also develops Phased Certification for forest management units committed to improve their performance but still having technical problems or obstacles in complying with the existing standards.
There is also a Chain of Custody Certification which is targeted for forest products industries. Forest products industries, which have passed chain of custody certification guarantee that the source of the raw materials used can be traced back to its source and it is from LEI certified forests.
LEI logo on timber products guarantees that the whole production process, from raw material sources to final processing, have met the sustainable and justice principles.
These standards have been applied in the certification assessment for several forest management units and industries in Sumatra, Kalimantan and Java.
Out of twenty-six forest management units underwent the certification process, during 1998–2009 period, 20 (twenty) forest management units have passed the assessment and have been granted LEI Eco-label Certificate.