The first audit of Indonesia’s forestry-related industries is under way which could help halt the use of illegally felled logs.

A joint venture between the Ministry of Forestry and the Forestry Industry Revitalisation Agency (BRIK), the audit aims to get an exact count of the number of logs being used by local industries.

The inspection will only cover exporting companies as 95% of forestry-related products go abroad.

All products for export now have to be licensed by BRIK and Ministry of Forerstry officials.

BRIK is due to submit a report on companies’ log consumption to the Ministry of Forestry. This will enable the Ministry to detail input and output and identify whether companies are using illegally cut logs as material.