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Free Deforestation – Guidelines for Smallholders: The Ways to Access the Globe



Special doc./Some civil and non-profit organizations launched free-deforestation guidelines for smallholders in Indonesia.
Free Deforestation – Guidelines for Smallholders: The Ways to Access the Globe

InfoSawIT, JAKARTA – Some civil and non-profit organizations launched free-deforestation guidelines for smallholders in Indonesia. This would deliver the practical steps for smallholders, such as, in palm oil, rubber, and chocolate, but also be the ways to maintain their forests remain still, and their products would qualify international scale – free deforestation qualification.

Chairman of Serikat Petani Kelapa Sawit (SPKS), Sabaruddin said that the organization hoped the guidelines would help the members of SPKS to get fairer access in the markets. “And would help the government to minimize deforestation,” he said, as in the official statement to InfoSAWIT, Tuesday (25/6/2024).

The guidelines were the collaboration result among High Carbon Stock Approach (HCSA), SPKS, Yayasan Petani Pelindung Hutan (4F), Greenpeace, and High Conservation Value Network (HCVN), that involved four year - field tests in West Kalimantan Province. These would make sure that the guidelines would not be simple only but also easily accessed by the local communities.

The toolkit would deliver practical guidelines that start from identification to forest area map and areas in the farmers or smallholders’ circumstances. Every process involved principles of agreement on free, prior, inform concern from the related communities.

The smallholders’ representative from West Kalimantan Province, Valens Adi said their supports for the toolkit. “It was developed based on the inputs from smallholders, the indigenous people, and local communities. I saw the positive impacts in the field,” he said,

Executive Director of Yayasan Petani Pelindung Hutan (4F), Tirza Pandelaki hoped that the toolkits would be implemented in Indonesia. “And would deliver incentive for smallholders to protect their forests,” he said.

Kiki Taufik of Greenpeace thought, the toolkits would potentially contribute to the target of climate commitment and conservation in Indonesia. Jesús Cordero of HCSA emphasized it would be significant for smallholders to get free deforestation supply chain in the global trade.

The guidelines would be not only to protect the environment but also to confirm sustainable economy for smallholders while maintaining the local wisdom and cultures. By having collaboration among the governments, international scale – organizations, and local communities, the guidelines should be the important pillar to protect natural resources in Indonesia for the next generations. (T2)


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