JAKARTA, INDONESIA -- The Indonesian government reportedly has stepped up its efforts to combat illegal logging.

According to the Jakarta Post, forestry companies are now required to obtain official certificates to show that timber has been legally sourced.

“If a source of timber is untraceable, it will be categorized as illegal and byproducts will be ineligible for export to markets in the EU,” the paper quoted Hadi Daryanto, the director general of forest product development at the Forestry Ministry.

The new requirement follows the European Parliament's vote to ban the sale of illegally harvested timber, which follows the United States' amended Lacey Act amendment to do the same.

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