The Jakarta Post
The implementation of the country’s sustainability standards for the palm oil industry, known as the Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO), has done little to curb deforestation and land conflicts, according to a report by Forest Watch Indonesia (FWI).
FWI data showed that during the formative years of the ISPO between 2009 and 2013, deforestation — the main driver of deadly forest fires in the world’s largest palm oil producer two years ago — occurred on around half a million hectares of land used for oil palm plantations.
The figure was equal to around 22 percent of total deforestation in concession areas in the country, FWI executive director Soelthon Gussetya Nanggara said recently.
Had criteria regarding land acquisition in ISPO certification been implemented correctly, ISPO implementation could have prevented deforestation in the country, he said.