During the period of 2004–2009, LEI certification process for Sustainable Community-Based Forest Management has been applied in Jawa and West Kalimantan covering more than 7.200 hectares over the following management units.
- Selopuro Certification Farmer Community Forum, Wonogiri (Central Java)
- Sumberrejo Certification Farmer Community Forum, Wonogiri (Central Java)
- Koperasi Wana Manunggal Lestari, DI Yogyakarta
- Wono Lestari Makmur association Community Forest Conservator Association
- Catur Giri Manunggal Community Forest Conservator Association, Wonogiri (Central Java)
- Argo Bancak, Magetan, Central Java
- Wana Rejo Asri, Sragen, Central Java
- Menua Sungai Utik, Putussibau (West Kalimantan).
All institutions above are declared passed the certification by the certification bodies: P T Mutu Agung Lestari and PT TUV Internasional Indonesia.
In order to reinforce market recognition over LEI labeled plantation forest products, LEI conducts the following promotion programs:
- Statements in mass media regarding Green Products demanded by European and American markets.
- Advertisement in 2007 Garuda Indonesia Inflight Magazine, on furniture products made of LEI certified raw materials.
- Promoting LEI and its products at Asmindo Pavillion in the 2007 Export Products Exhibition, Jakarta International Expo.
- Products from community forest bearing LEI Logo have been traded in EU market through Maisons Du Monde (MDM).
Capacity Building towards CoC for SME’s
In cooperation with IFC LEI recruited 15 trainers to provide training and capacity building to furniture and handicraft industry business operators obtain Chain of Custody certificate from LEI.
Increased availability of LEI Certified Product from Community Based Forests
As an effort to provide Green Indonesian Products from sustainable Indonesian forest, 4 (four) reliable institutions namely LEI, ASMINDO, PT. Setyamitra Bhaktipersada and Koperasi Perumahan Wana Nusantara (KPWN) have formed an Alliance of Sustainable Community Management Forest Based Green Indonesian Product Supporters. The alliance was established to improve the availability of environmentally friendly product in the market. Environmentally friendly products are products originated from legal and sustainable community forests and are of high quality.
The cooperation of this alliance was marked by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding by all 4 instutions, LEI, ASMINDO, PT. Setyamitra Bhaktipersada and Koperasi Perumahan Wana Nusantara (KPWN), witnessed by Indonesia’s Vice President Jusuf Kalla at the opening of International Furniture and Craft Fari Indonesia 2008 at JIExpo Kemayoran, Jakarta on March 7, 2008
Trading Area and Network Expansion
Certified forest managements (in Gunung Kidul and Wonogiri areas) are encouraged to be certified area expansion source and certified timber improvement for timber industries particularly in Java. A market alliance for certified timber has been established in 2007 to improve trade network in cooperation with ASMINDO Komda Surakarta. The alliance makes trading chain more direct from farmers to producers (industries), avoiding stockiest, to increase timber prices at farmer level.
Certification Benefit for Community Based Forest Management Units
For community forest management operators, certification opens the market access for products originated from community forest, enables higher selling price at farmer level, and opens community the access for forest expansion for land rehabilitation and community’s economy improvement activities.
While for indigenous forest management operator, LEI certification can be used as a proxy through market recognition to provide recognition/acknowledgement over the community’s capacity in managing its forest. Recognized by the market, certification supports the efforts of the indigenous community and other assisting parties to convince the government that they are entitled the rights to manage the forest. This is also done to obtain other recognition such as to be provided sufficient space in performing sustainable forest management practices. Other parties working on indigenous community advocacy may use the certification to provide advocacy efforts on the indigenous forest management rights issues.