InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA – Acep Soemantri, General Consul of Indonesia for Frankfurt, Germany, does understand the complexity of palm oil plantation governance. It relates not only about negative perspective from around the world namely in European Union, but also in Indonesia itself.
“Actually we heard many progresses and positive assessment in palm oil plantations in our country. The information could actually be the basic to answer the challenges,” he said in a webinar which InfoSAWIT joined.
Acep also mentioned, many discussions could be the reference by having multi-stakeholder approach for the interests of sustainable palm oil and understanding that it needs to be consistent and synergic among the government’s policies, the stakeholders, and the civil to get more sustainable production based on sustainable development goals (SDGs) nationally.
In the research by Universitas Jambi, Universitas IPB, Universitas Tadulako, and University of Goettingen, showed that palm oil could fulfill 7 goals of SDGs, and significantly contribute in 3 SDGs in Indonesia.
“It is known that palm oil plantation developments are in former areas, and the cultivation could reduce green-house gas emission. Of course, it involves technology,” he said. (T2)