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A seminar of Epistemic Community and Market Forum (ECMF) was about to deliver perspective from many sides about the issues. Photo : Special

PALMOILMAGAZINE, MADRID – The Indonesian Government collaborates with the Spain Sustainable Palm Oil Foundation in a forum that engages experts, traders, and public sectors in Spain. The purpose of this forum is to address the latest policies and advancements in sustainable vegetable oil, discussing their implications for producers and markets.

Ambassador Muhammad Najib emphasized the importance of fostering dialogue among relevant industries, the expert community, and countries to address issues related to sustainable vegetable oil. The forum featured speakers from governments, civil society, and industrial associations, further enriching the discussion.

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A seminar of Epistemic Community and Market Forum (ECMF) was about to deliver perspective from many sides about the issues. Some speakers, for instance, Musdhalifah Machmud from Coordinator Ministry in Economy Indonesian Republic told that only few lands in Indonesia have been planted to develop palm oil. But the industries significantly contribute to Indonesia’s exports, create jobs, and contribute 10 of 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) in Indonesia.

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She also told that only 7,4 percent of 189 million hectares of the land in Indonesia have been planted by palm oil. Of 16,38 million hectares palm oil plantations, 41,3 percent belong to smallholders. Palm oil industries contributed 10,2 percent of Indonesia’s exports in 2022 and directly contributed to create 5,5 million jobs and 17 million workers directly and indirectly.

That is why palm oil industries contribute 10 of 17 United Nations SDGs in Indonesia. Palm oil that contributes 40 percent of vegetable oil supply in the globe is only planted in 8 percent of the total vegetable oil plantations in the world with the yield 4 – 7 times higher than other vegetable oils.

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Diah Suradiredja of Yayasan Keanekaragaman Hayati (Kehati) told about climate change control and Long-term Strategy on Low Carbon and Climate Resilience (LTS LCCR) 2050. The strategy of Indonesia heading to net zero emission (NZE) through forest and other land use (FOLU) emission, should be adjusted with palm oil policy(ies) to get the optimal synergy.

Rio Budi Rahmanto of Ministry of External Affairs Indonesian Republic said about economic advantages and efforts to reduce deforestation level, create sustainability in palm oil industries. But Insan Syafaat of Partnership for Indonesia’s Sustainable Agriculture reminded the threats for smallholders deriving from European Union Deforestation Regulation (EUDR) because it could endanger their lives.

Carmen Báguena, Advisor of Sustainable Palm Oil Foundation, Spain noted how Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is taken as disgraceful commodity in EU because of misperception and misinformation. EU Commission is urged to get firm action for every producer that misuse ‘palm oil free’ label to get label profits only. (T2)

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