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9. Making sure standards are met

Image caption: In this community, profits obtained from working with the local mill are used to help fund school bursaries and scholarships.

The standards set out by SVLK are designed to ensure timber legality and sustainable practices by formally controlling the chain of custody. This includes barcode tracking of timber and timber products, as one means of maintaining evidence of legality. In order to maintain the standards, set out under the SVLK, the individuals and organisations involved in this process (producers, traders, processors and exporters) are audited by verified assessment bodies.

In addition to monitoring the components within the SVLK, there is a secondary layer of oversight provided independently by civil society groups. This independent monitoring offers a necessary oversight of the private sector and government involved with SVLK and forms an integral part of SVLK. It consists of 111 Independent Monitoring Organisations and 1,941 Individual Independent Monitors made up of NGOs with legal status and communities living in proximity of the forest. Monitoring is undertaken throughout the supply chain and acts to guarantee that SVLK implementation and the timber and timber products produced are in accordance with the applicable regulations. 
Alongside this independent monitoring, periodic evaluation maybe conducted annually or biannually (depending on the type of forest/scheme). These regular checks are carried out by the government and act as an assurance measure that all aspects of the SVLK are functioning properly.

Establishing this extensive body of knowledge requires archiving and recording and the Ministry of Environment has developed an online database – SILK (Sistem Informasi Legalitas Kayu), the Timber Legality Information System. This system is a way of linking all relevant part of the chain within government, customs, trade and forestry, to validate each transaction through the supply chain.