The Top Five Provinces with the Largest Illegal Palm Oil Plantations

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Illustration of oil palm plantation. Photo by: Sawit Fest 2021 / Trismon Saputra

PALMOILMAGAZINE, JAKARTA – A result and advocacy report published by Pantau Gambut revealed the plan of the Government of Indonesia to bleach 3,3 million hectares illegal palm oil plantations in many provinces. This would be the response to deforestation issues which haunt this country namely in the regions where the peat ecosystem develops.

Data revealed by Pantau Gambut revealed that Central Kalimantan would be the largest illegal palm oil plantations that lay on about 213,97 thousand hectares; the second is Riau Province with about 100,26 thousand hectares; North Sumatera about 30,39 thousand hectares; West Kalimantan and Jambi Province about 24.357 hectares and 12.300 hectares for each.

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As quoted from, one interesting finding from the reports was that of 32 palm oil plantation companies that illegally operate in the kawasan hutan gambut (KHG), only 5 companies are in peat ecosystem with cultivation goal. 27 others or about 84% operate in peat ecosystem that should have the protection function.

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The government planned to bleach the illegal plantations within the goals – to solve deforestation issues that become a concern, and to protect the peat ecosystem that is vulnerable to damage because of man’s activity. The peat ecosystem itself has significant roles in maintaining natural conservation, keeping the carbon, and maintaining the ecosystem balance as a whole.

Though it is important to protect the environment, it is significant also to make sure that the implementation is fair and careful. Close control and monitoring are a must to make sure that legal plantations do not get negative impacts while everything done to solve illegal ones effectively runs. (T2)

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