Palm Oil Moratorium Answers the Threat from European Union

Palm Oil Moratorium Answers the Threat from European Union

InfoSAWIT, PEKANBARU - The threat from European Union to boycott palm oil products from Indonesia is finally answered by the government through Palm Oil Moratorium. The President instructed his officers to improve the palm oil governance. There would be more duties for every institution (officer).

On January 17th, 2018, the ‘Report on the Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Promotion of the use of Energy from Renewable Sources’ mentioned to limit the fuel and food from the plantation which is assumed to be the factor of deforestation. Palm oil which is the basic commodity in the report raised debate and in the end, European Union threatens to boycott palm oil from Indonesia.

“The issue is not only deforestation. But it relates to corruption, children labors, and human right violence,” Director of Perkumpulan Bahtera Alam, Harry Oktaviansaid in the official statement toInfoSAWIT, Thursday (4/10/2018).

Harry thought, the report would influence the palm oil exports from Indonesia for a very long period. Though there have been principles and criteria in Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO), there have been the standards regulated in Roundtable of Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).

“The standards should be the references if Indonesia wants to be out of the international accusations,” he said.

Harry who discussed about Palm Oil Moratorium and the Spatial Plans in Riau Province that was held by The Malacca Syndicate in Pekanbaru on 4 October 2018 also emphasized that it needs synergy from many sides to realize sustainable palm oil governance.

In the same chance, Head Department of Knowledge Management, Sawit Watch, Riza Harizajudin mentioned that at least there are 20 million hectares of palm oil plantations nationally. Of the numbers, 13 – 15 million hectares are planted by productive palm oil, including the infrastructures. The rests become the high conservation values and have ‘status quo’ because of conflicts.

“The most important is that more than 5 million hectares are the land banking,” he said.

In simple, land banking could mean as the areas mastered by the big companies but the areas are not cultivated at all. They are in many provinces in Indonesia and belong to the big companies. “That is why, it is urgent to realize Palm Oil Moratorium,” Riza said.

The government recently published Palm Oil Moratorium through President’s Instruction No. 8 / 2018 about the Postponement and Evaluation of Palm Oil Plantation License and its Productivity Enhancement. “We do appreciate it but there are lots to solve and done,” he said. (T2)


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