Why LEI Certification?
LEI Certification schemes designed specifically for Indonesian context.
We have a focus on community forestry and commitment to involving with traditional communities.
A multi stakeholder approach, supported by NGOs, indigenous communities, forest companies and government.
Three individual systems tailored to forest type; plantations, community managed forest, natural production forest.
A regional communication forum to ensure transparency, conflict resolution, and local representation in decision making.
Certification is a market instrument to provide insurance for the public that a product has met a particular qualification of a fair and sustainable forest management standard. There are various forest certification scheme all over the world, some of them are: Certfor Chile, CSA, FSC, LEI, MTCC, PEFC, and SFI. Each of the certification scheme has its own quality, depending on the principles and objectives.
LEI certification scheme development is based on Indonesia’s need in achieving the pre-conditions towards a sustainable forest management practices. Due to the complexity of Indonesian forest management problems, many parties have expected that LEI certification system can be used as one of the instruments to address it.
Some components that caused forest management complexity are overlapping of central and regional government policies, policies that not accurate, great number of parties involved, and different existing forest management types in Indonesia.
With such background, LEI certification scheme is the only certification scheme in Indonesia that is supported by Indonesian forest stakeholders to achieve the justice and sustainable forest management. The quality of justice and sustainability is transferred into the assessment criteria and indicators imposed in LEI certification process.
Why Being LEI Certified ?
LEI certification benefits us all :
Forest companies can prove the sustainability of their management practices and their commitment to environmental standards, while increasing operational transparency and ensuring legality. This increases access to environmentally sensitive wood markets.
Consumers can exercise their purchasing power to promote sustainable forestry, protect ecosystem services and support rural forest communities by choosing certified wood products. Labels make the choice clear: unlabeled products may come from anywhere, but labeled products come from legal, sustainable forests.
Retailer/manufacturers can use certified raw materials to meet increasing consumer demand for environmentally friendly products.
Forest communities can benefit from market access and potential price increases. Sustainably managed wood products preserve forest based livelihoods.
LEI Certification is a tool to make a difference. Certification can make a difference. By choosing certified wood products, you are saving forests, preserving biodiversity, and engaging local communities in conservation.
Certification is about social justice and conservation, and everyone – forest companies, wood traders, forest communities, consumers and governments — is part of the solution.
Certification can make a difference. By improving the implementation of government policy regarding forest management and timber legality.
Ministry of Forestry has re-manage the way they granting the extension of forest concession license through a verification system over forest concession, or as we know as Mandatory Verification. Assessment of mandatory verification is conducted to assess whether or not the forest concession fulfill their obligation towards sustainable forest management. Forest concession that pass the assessment is then granted the extension of concession license. The ones that failed because of bad performance must improved their management. To the ones that neglect their legal requirements, Ministry of Forestry may deactivate their licenses and close down their activities.