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Jakarta Post

Commitment, transparency key for ISPO

  • Ichsan Saif

    Research student, Master of Energy Change at The Australian National University

Canberra   /   Mon, December 18, 2017   /  10:28 am
Commitment, transparency key for ISPO A worker harvests fresh oil palm fruit in Pangkalan Bun, East Kalimantan, in December 2015. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

The palm oil sector is again in the spotlight. The Indonesian government aims to strengthen the regulation of palm oil in the country by reconstructing the Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO). This move started in 2016 and is expected to be completed by the end of 2017. Although the ISPO is a national mandatory certification that was introduced in 2011, it has made little progress in improving sustainable practices in the palm oil sector in Indonesia. As of 2016, only about 10 percent of over 2,000 palm oil companies in the country were certified. Moreover, within a three-month period in 2015 (July to October), Indonesia lost over 2 million hectares of forest and peatland due to land burning in cases suspected to have involved companies. Increasing awareness on the industry’s contribution to the national economy and growing criticism of its sustainability have pushed th...

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