InfoSAWIT, BALI -In the discussion of International Conference on Oil Palm and Environment (ICOPE) 2018 in Nusa Dua, Bali, one conference session within the theme, ‘Towards A Global Consensus on Palm Oil Sustainability Standards’, comprehensively discussed about the sustainability standard which the palm oil industries globally do including in Indonesia.
Director of CIRAD Indonesia, Alain Rival explained that the same needs about sustainability standard certification that the palm oil industries do, could reduce the gap among the available standards. The collaboration is important to be the same effort to cooperate in developing responsible and environmental palm oil industries.
“That is why I am here as the moderator to help the discussion among the stakeholders to collaborate and to realize the sustainability standard in palm oil,” he said after the discussion.
In the discussion too, the representative of European Union delegation for Indonesia, Michael Bucki positively thought to the multi-side involvement to realize the global consensus on sustainability standards about palm oil. He said too, many sides involved to realize the sustainability standard, would be positive to the European Union acceptance.
“The certificate needs consolidation with the government, it needs legitimation from many sides too, such as, the industries, and NGO. So it needs the collaboration, not competition to fall each other. There are lots of spaces to develop and improve,” Bucki said.
Just the same with other stakeholders, Director of RSPO Indonesia, Tiur Rumondang also thought, it needs to have the global consensus about sustainability certificate. It is important to know the similarity and could be the starting point to approach the standards which are about to be implemented in the certification process.
“Within the same approach, this could be the challenge to make the similarity on the standard to be used,” she said. (T1)
This article once published in InfoSAWIT, June 2018