ISPO Needs Acceleration, not Reinforcement

ISPO Needs Acceleration, not Reinforcement

InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA -The implementation of sustainable palm oil which is in Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) is not about to reinforce but to accelerate so that the production could be 100% certified by ISPO.General Secretary of Asosiasi Petani Perkebunan Indonesia (GAPPERINDO), Gamal Nasir said it in International Conference and Expo – Indonesia Sustainable Palm Oil (ICE-ISPO) in Jakarta.

He thought, what is needed is not Presidential Regulation about the techinical in ISPO or the changing structure in the organization. What is needed is the President’s Instruction to Minister of Agriculture, Minister of Environment and Forestry, Minister of Agrarian Affairs and Spacial, Minister of Treasury to accelerate the implementation of ISPO.

“What is needed is to ensure that every palm oil product could get ISPO certificate through the President’s Instruction,” Gamal said in the official statement to InfoSAWIT, Thursday (12/4/2018)

On the other hand, he also reminded, ISPO certificate is different from SVLK (Sistem Verifikasi Legalitas Kayu)because SVLK is the certification to the end product. The trees are cut, the wood is taken and certified while where the tree was planted has no issue anymore.

ISPO certificate is that after crude palm oil is processed, the trees should be well maintained, taken care based on the sustainable principles and criteria in ISPO. The role of government, in this case, General Directorate of Plantation is to maintain, to monitor how the palm oil plantation is cultivated.

“If ISPO commission becomes independent institution out of General Directorate of Planatation, Ministry of Agriculture, it is not right. Besides the certification institution has its full authority to publish certificate without assembly in ISPO Commission. Everything about the principles and criteria in ISPO has been regulated. The jobdesk and method of the independent institution should refer to the regulation,” he said.

Aziz Hidayat, the Chairman of ISPO Secretariat told the same thing. The goals of ISPO covers everything as what the international world wants, that is, to urge the plantation sector to obey the regulation, increase the awareness of the stakeholders to improve the environment, and implement sustainable palm oil cultivation to increase the competition.

“So what is needed now is to increase the acceptance of ISPO in the international world because what they want is our same goal,” he said.(T2)


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