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IPOA: EUDR Could Raise Social Conflict – The Factors are

Special Document/Chairman of Indonesian Palm Oil Association, Eddy Martono.
IPOA: EUDR Could Raise Social Conflict – The Factors are

InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA – Prior European countries published European Union Deforestation Regulation (EUDR) which was officially inaugurated by European Board on 16 May 2023 and European Parliament on April 2023.

It starts since June 2023 while the implementation for stakeholders/traders would be for the next 18 (eighteen) months since the regulation started, and 24 months for small and medium businesses scale in Europe.

Chairman of Indonesian Palm Oil Association (IPOA), Eddy Martono said that the policy would not directly deliver impact because EUDR would be for the companies that enlarged plantations since 31 December 2020 and after that.

He thought Indonesia implements palm oil moratorium about new planting for the companies since 2011 and in 2019 President’s Instruction Number 5 / 2019 was published about Cessation of New Permit Granting and Improving Peat and Primary Natural Forest Governance. “It means, there is no more new plantings for palm oil plantations,” he said.

But the problem is for the people (smallholders). Eddy thought, they could not implement the moratorium, and even the Laws Number 12 / 1992 about Plant Cultivation System and led them to plant any commodity as they will.

“The regulation is available still. If they planted their commodity after 2020, it means, EUDR would block their production and (palm oil) companies would not purchase the people’s commodity. “If this happens, there would be social conflict around (palm oil plantation) companies. This is the impact for the companies,” Eddy explained to InfoSAWIT recently.

He also confirmed that the social conflict would be happening. “The new planting after 2020 would deliver social issues,” Eddy said. (T2)