Target: Indonesia Forestry Minister Zulkifli Hasan
Goal: Commend Indonesia for signing a deal with Europe to stop illegal logging.
Indonesian and the European Union have signed a deal to end all trade in illegal wood products between Asian and Europe. Their efforts will help reduce the amount of trees cut down, saving forests endangered Indonesian forests.
A product of six years of negotiations between European and Indonesian officials, civil society groups, and private sectors, the signing of this deal is the first time any Asian country has participated in the Voluntary Partnership Agreement of Forest Law Enforcement Government and Trade. By law, all timber that is exported to Europe or Indonesia must now be certified under Indonesia’s certification system, allowing the nation to track which timber products are leaving the country. Europe has already banned the sale of illegal timber and was hoping that Indonesia would follow in their footsteps. This deal will ensure that all timber passed between the countries are compliant with the new laws.
This deal is crucial because Indonesia has the third largest expanse of rainforest in the world, second only to the Amazon and Congo Basins. Other countries like Ghana, Cameroon, the Republic of Congo, Liberia, and the Central African Republic have signed similar deals with Europe, but Indonesia was a top priority because of its large rainforests.
Despite the progress, environmentalist are not completely overjoyed by the deal. Many are still cautious about the effect it will have on the industry and believe that much still needs to be done to curb illegal logging in the country. Indonesia will need to ensure that illegal saw mills are destroyed and that corruption does not enter the lumber industry. Still, this deal is certainly a first step to ensuring that forests remain standing. Sign this petition and commend Indonesia for protecting the environment.
Dear Forestry Minister Zulkifli Hasan,
I am writing this letter to thank you and other parties involved for signing the lumber deal with the European Union. I hope that this deal will ensure that your nation’s forests are better protected from illegal logging. As you understand, our forests are quickly disappearing and they need our protection. Since your country has the third largest forest in the world, it is imperative that illegal trade does not go on.
Environmentalists are concerned that this deal will not be enough and I too share this concern. With the industry being as large as it is, corruption is a by product. And with the huge expanse of land, I can see how difficult it is to round up illegal loggers. However, this deal is the first step your nation is taking to guard their forests and I hope this will not be the last. Please ensure that our forests remain standing.
[Your Name Here]
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