President Joko Widodo Should Actually Focus to Palm Oil, not Damage the Forest

InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA  -Greenpeace Indonesia felt sorry to what President Joko Widodo mentioned in the 40th Anniversary of ASEAN – European Union (EU) Summit in Manila, Philippine on Tuesday (14/11). What EU has done is reasonable, that is, asking palm oil products in their region should be produced by noticing the sustainability aspects.

In the EU Parliament resolution some months ago, they realized, palm oil industries made many issues, starting from deforestation, the fire in the forests, human rights violation, and corruption. As one solution, EU urged, every product in the countries should have certification that the palm oil products were produced in sustainable ways.

As the countries ratifying the French Agreement, Indonesia should not take the EU policy or other consumer countries have made as something a loss for the industries and economy.

Forest Campaigner of Greenpeace Indonesia, Asep Komarudin said, the government should evaluate the palm oil enlargement. It keeps happening that enlarging palm oil is done by taking someone’s areas. Palm oil expansion keeps always happening. “Palm oil is enlarged not only in Sumatera and Kalimantan, but also in Papua,” he said in the official statement to InfoSAWIT, Thursday (16/11)

Data from General Directorate of Plantation, Ministry of Agricultre showed that the palm oil areas keep increasing. In 2010, they were only 8,3 million hectares but in 2017 they have been 12,3 million hectares. Palm oil expansion keeps cultivating the protected forest and peat. Peatland Restoration Board claimed, there are 327 palm oil companies operatingg in the peatland. “They threat the peatland,” he said.

He also mentioned, Indonesia should convince others by running the regulation well, such as, the Government’s Regulation No. 57 / 2016 about the protection and the cultivation of peatland, monitoring the palm oil industries tightly, and revoking the license for the companies breaking the regulation.

He also questioned the peatland moratorium that has been prolonged for several times – the effectivity of the regulation. He mentioned, the President should clarify this to the international world. “So that they believe, Indonesia has succeeded to protect the forests, the peat, and produce palm oil without deforestation,” he said. (T2)

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