Palmoilmagazine, JAKARTA – Nine representatives of European Union that join Amsterdam Declaration Partnership (AMP) came to Indonesia to discuss about palm oil plantation namely about the sustainable practices.
Many Ambassadors attended the meeting, such as, Denmark, Lars Bo Larsen; Norway, Rut Kruger Giverin; Spain, Francisco De Asis Aguilera; Germany, Ina Lepel; European Union, Vincent Piket, representatives of Belgium and Netherland embassy.
Deputy Coordinator Ministry in Food and Agribusiness Coordination, Musdhalifah Machmud told that the Government of Indonesia made sure that palm oil plantations in Indonesia implement sustainable practices based on Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO), National Action Plan – Sustainable Palm Oil (NAP – SPO), support smallholders replanting program (SRP), and sustainable landscape development program.
“From these programs, the government needs to consider some aspects as the successful benchmark, such as, in social, economy, and environment,” she said.
Chairman of Indonesian Palm Oil Association (IPOA), Joko Supriyono also confirmed, the stakeholders obey ISPO implementation, and even Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certificates. He thought, as part of the industries in global level, IPOA has implemented partnership with the smallholders in the upstream sector.
The Amsterdam Declarations Partnership (ADP) which was led by Denmark is one partnership that was signed by Denmark, French, Germany, Italy, Netherland, Norway, United Kingdom, Spain, and Belgium. The partnership tries to support many and producer countries to realize sustainable commodities which also protect the forests.
“Days before, the Ambassador of Denmark invited the Government of Indonesia, and other ambassadors and those who deal with (including the private sectors and the smallholders) in sustainable palm oil to get the chance of cooperation and would support one to another and get more productive palm oil, deliver the positive to the environment and the people themselves,” Chairperson of Yayasan Inisiatif Dagang Hijau (IDH), Fitrian Ardiansyah told to Palmoilmagazine, Saturday (4/6/2022) in Jakarta.
He also mentioned, the European Union countries have the values and supports to help the better leading market access.
In the same shot, Chairman of Asosiasi Petani Kelapa Sawit Indonesia (Apkasindo), Gulat Manurung said, the smallholders confirmed that they implement sustainable palm oil practices, for instance, they do not do new plantings by extensification but by intensification. This is supported by Palm Oil Plantation Fund Management Agency (PFMA) through SRP. It means, by implementing SRP, the smallholders have been implementing ISPO concept because the conditions to get ISPO should be in SRP documents. “PFMA really commits to support us heading to the sustainability by escalating our human resources,” he said.
He also mentioned, the smallholders in Indonesia want to communicate with other smallholders from other countries to harmonize each perspective and knowledge about sustainability. “Of course, there would be up and down thing from each country about sustainability and we would like to learn from the positive,” Manurung said. (T1)