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Jakarta Post

Enabling conditions for successful ISPO

  • Ichsan Saif

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

Jakarta   /   Mon, July 30, 2018   /  11:49 am
Enabling conditions for successful ISPO According to Agriculture Ministry data in 2015, total oil palm plantation area is 11.24 million hectares. (Shutterstock/File)

Since 2016, the Indonesian government has been reworking the Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) certification scheme. The new ISPO is intended to further improve palm oil governance through an instrument of state-driven certification.

The revision is needed because the outcomes of previous ISPO were considered less encouraging. The fundamental changes in this reworking effort include to shift the regulation from a ministerial regulation to a presidential regulation. A question then emerges: By reflecting on the outcomes of previous ISPO, what kind of enabling conditions are needed to make the new ISPO work? This question should be answered to understand how ISPO can potentially make a change in Indonesia’s palm oil sector. 

The first enabling condition should be backed by accurate and complete data on the national palm oil sector. For instance...

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