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To Get Sustainability Ways in Indonesia

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To Get Sustainability Ways in Indonesia

InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA – Indonesia, the biggest palm oil producer in the world is seriously committed to implement sustainable practices in palm oil plantations. Though many regulations have been published, such as, Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) and Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), the certificate acceptance is beyond expectation namely in smallholders’ levels.

The facts showed only few smallholders’ groups or union got ISPO certificates. This needs special attention because if seen from the plantation ownership in Indonesia, the smallholders have about 41% palm oil plantations or about 16,38 million hectares in total. Their sustainable practices and involvement would be the key to realize the goal.

Forum Petani Kelapa Sawit Berkelanjutan Indonesia (Fortasbi), the organization for every smallholder that got ISPO and RSPO certificates, though that there are seven provinces that focus on having the sustainable certificates, they are, North Sumatera, Riau, Jambi, South Sumatera, West Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan, and West Kalimantan. The data showed that only 0,2% of smallholders’ plantations got sustainable palm oil certificates.

RSPO mentioned sustainable palm oil use in Indonesia was still low in numbers or about 2% or equal to 200 to 300 thousand tons. Sustainable palm oil production was mostly exported and only 2% was available for domestic. Only one palm cooking oil brand that got RSPO certification, is sold in Indonesia, which is, Super Indo that Wahana Citra produced. RSPO hoped other brands would do the same to support clean and sustainable energy.

To solve the challenge, an initiative was proposed to get jurisdictional program (JP) implementation. Many now does JP research, for instance, FKMS, UPR, and Jikalahari. The three would be supported by Walmart Foundation. The main goal of the research is about to escalate the preparedness of four palm oil producer regencies, they are, Pelalawan, Sintang, Pulang Pisau, and Kutai Kertanegara to get JP implementation.

The research would focus on gender inclusivity, multi-stakeholder, and participative approaches by prioritizing the four regencies to create the same responsive basic of knowledge locally. It is significant to involve many parties and the research would focus to develop basic knowledge which is adjustable with every regency’s needs and characteristics.

Co-design process that becomes the basic of the same research, also involves local stakeholders to develop theory of change, theory of action, and monitoring evaluation framework (TTM). These would be about to confirm that JP implementation in regency and national scale would get every result wanted. To know further, dear readers should read in Focus in January 2024.

In the edition, we would also discuss some other interesting issues, such as, Binoculars that would discuss about palm oil partnership is not only main – plasma in cultivation only because the smallholders in Village of Wonorejo, Sub district of Satui, Regency of Tanah Bumbu, South Kalimantan Province develop cow breeding (partnership).

for more, please read, Majalah InfoSAWIT, January 2024