Jakarta, IO – Indonesia, together with Malaysia and the European Union (EU) formed an ad hoc Joint Task Force (JTF) regarding European Union Deforestation Regulations (EUDR).
The agreement was reached by the three parties after a meeting in Jakarta on Friday (4/8). This task force will be tasked to establish relevant dialogues and framework, per Katadata, Monday (7/8).
Coordinating Economic Ministry’s deputy for food and agribusiness coordination Musdhalifah Machmud, explained that the framework for the task force would include farmer inclusiveness in the supply chain, land certification schemes, procurement and protection of scientific data on deforestation and forest degradation.
As widely reported, EUDR requires every exporter to verify that their products do not originate from deforestation activities.
The commodities targeted by the EUDR include palm oil and its derivative products, charcoal, cocoa, coffee, soybeans, beef, wood, rubber, paper and leather.
EUDR seeks to ensure that the consumption and trade of these products does not contribute to deforestation and ecosystem destruction. (un)