InfoSAWIT, NUSA DUA – In this year, the annual roundtable of Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) the 15th (RT15) was very important for one of the agenda was to review the Principles and Criteria (P&C) RSPO, that become the basic policy to the members to implement sustainable principles in RSPO version.
Chief Executive Officer RSPO, Datuk Darrel Webber said, when reviewing the (P&C) RSPO, it needs to consider many available perspectives, the markets, and the stakeholders, namely those who have limits. “The process should empower the stakeholders to find the local solution for the local issues that run in the frame of international work,” he said in the official statement to InfoSAWIT, Wednesday (29/11/2017).
The conference became the place for RSPO to announce the legitimation of RSPO Smallholder Strategy, that the goal is to empower them to be better and more sustainable. Knowing smallholders face many challenges, RSPO made some structures, including the working group, the fund, and other approach that were specialized to solve the issues for the smallholders.
As same as the theme in RT 15, RSPO also focused to the last Impact Report that RSPO launched in the conference, such as, the high conservation value (HCV) laying about 189.777 hectares have been identified and cultivated by the members of RSPO – the areas are equal to 250.000 football fields. The numbers increase 21% since the last report. Besides some important trends raised in the regional level, including in Africa where identified HCV increased 13.405 hectares. Asia Pasific had significant increasing HCV that Malaysia got increasing 8.399 hectares, and 5.864 hectares in other regions (not in Indonesia).
"We have made significant progress in the last one year within the total plantation having RSPO certificate reaching 3,2 million hectares in 16 countries. It increases 14% since the last report. But RSPO needs to cooperate with our partners, namely in the developing countries to make impact changes in the field; that is, palm oil, environment and the local people could live in harmony, side by side,” he said.
The members of RSPO also significantly increase whole over the world. China and North America have increasing members, reaching about 30% and 62% for each. The last Impact Report also focused to the numbers of smallholders in RSPO, to be 139.123 from 109.415, within the certifed areas reaching 333.345 hectares from 257.649 hectares in the previous period. (T2)