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Moratorium on new oil palm plantations brings little change

  • A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Fri, October 2 2020   /  01:00 am
The environment matters: An aerial photo shows an oil palm field in Bulutumbang, Belitung. Maintaining environmental sustainability and community well-being is vital to sustain palm oil industrial operations. (JP/Donny Fernando)

It has been over two years since the government set a moratorium on new palm oil development, but environmentalists say the move has failed to bring about much-needed change in the governance of the lucrative export commodity.    A coalition of civil society groups said recently that the plantation ban had not resulted in significant improvements in the sustainability of the palm oil business or its impact on the environment.    In September 2018, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo issued an executive order to suspend the granting of new licenses for oil palm concessions and ordered a review of existing plantations.   If the ban and the reviews were carried out in accordance with Presidential Instruction (Inpres) No. 8/2018, the process was expected to help clear up uncertainty about the rights of smallholders and boost productivity on e...