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Jakarta Post

ISPO, RSPO: Two sides of the same coin?

  • Piers Gillespie and Rahayu Siti Harjanthi

Bogor, West Java   /   Fri, November 2 2012   /  07:33 am

Although Agriculture Ministry Regulation No. 19 concerning Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) was issued in March 2011, many oil palm stakeholders and observers still have questions about its national effect, how it will be interpreted in the field, and how indeed it will be rolled out in the years ahead.

Before the regulation was issued, many stakeholders in the palm oil industry were already familiar with a similar sustainability scheme from the international Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), which just concluded its 10th annual meeting in Singapore.

Whilst the RSPO is a scheme borne out of an open discussion among players within the international oil palm supply chain, ISPO is a more straightforward clarification and rearticulation of existing national Indonesian oil palm legislation. Because of its national reach, ISPO offers the potential of improving the...