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Palm Oil Should Improve Environment



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Palm Oil Should Improve Environment

InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA - Ministry of Environment and Forestry keeps doing the best (to improve environment). In the late days, it significantly got the result. Besides publishing policy and program, Indonesia commits to realize zero emission in 2030 (Indonesia’s Forest and Other Land Use (FoLU) Net Sink by 2030) which is integrated with roadmap of nationally determined contribution (NDC), rencana kehutanan tingkat nasional (RKTN), and renana strategis (RENSTRA) of Ministry of Environment and Forestry.

“Since 2015 Ministry of Environment and Forestry has been realizing forest areas to develop plantations (palm oil) but only in non-forest regions and obliging 20% of released areas to be turned to high conservation value (HCV) (Government Regulation No. 104 / 2015) and followed up by Undang-Undang Cipta Kerja.,” Minister of Environment and Forestry, Siti Nurbaya told.

Palm oil as one biggest – scale agro-industry commodity has its responsibility to improve the environment. That is why palm oil industries in Indonesia should be developed with approach that prioritizes the balance of social, economic, and environmental aspects to give fair, inclusive development access and remain the environment good and would be significantly contributing to realize sustainable development goals (SDGs). 

“Then improvement and realization of SDGs can be delivered to micro level (in plantation perspective), meso (around the plantation), and macro (national and world level),” she said.

Environment improvement should not be around the biotic around but also in the social and neighborhood around the plantation. Harmony to biotic, abiotic, and social circumstances around the plantation would eventually support the sustainable and long-term production.

“The bottom line is that we do support and mitigate everything from the starts and palm oil industries could be living side by side with the environment and leading to area intensification which develops for about 16 million hectares,” Siti Nurbaya said. (T2)

Source: InfoSAWIT, October 2021