Free Deforestation Guidelines for Smallholders: Accessing Global Markets

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Civil and non-profit organizations launched free-deforestation guidelines for smallholders in Indonesia. Photo by: Special

PALMOILMAGAZINE, JAKARTA – Several civil and non-profit organizations have introduced comprehensive deforestation-free guidelines tailored for smallholders across Indonesia. These guidelines provide practical steps for smallholders involved in palm oil, rubber, and chocolate cultivation, aiming to preserve their forests while ensuring their products meet international deforestation-free standards.

Sabaruddin, Chairman of Serikat Petani Kelapa Sawit (SPKS), expressed optimism that these guidelines would grant SPKS members fairer market access. “They will also assist the government in reducing deforestation,” he stated in an official statement to Palmoilmagazine.com on Tuesday, June 25, 2024.

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The guidelines are the outcome of collaboration among the High Carbon Stock Approach (HCSA), SPKS, Yayasan Petani Pelindung Hutan (4F), Greenpeace, and the High Conservation Value Network (HCVN). They have undergone four years of field testing in West Kalimantan Province to ensure they are not only comprehensive but also easily accessible to local communities.

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The toolkit would deliver practical guidelines that start from identification to forest area map and areas in the farmers or smallholders’ circumstances. Every process involved principles of agreement on free, prior, inform concern from the related communities.

The smallholders’ representative from West Kalimantan Province, Valens Adi said their supports for the toolkit. “It was developed based on the inputs from smallholders, the indigenous people, and local communities. I saw the positive impacts in the field,” he said,

Executive Director of Yayasan Petani Pelindung Hutan (4F), Tirza Pandelaki hoped that the toolkits would be implemented in Indonesia. “And would deliver incentive for smallholders to protect their forests,” he said.

Kiki Taufik of Greenpeace thought, the toolkits would potentially contribute to the target of climate commitment and conservation in Indonesia. Jesús Cordero of HCSA emphasized it would be significant for smallholders to get free deforestation supply chain in the global trade.

The guidelines would be not only to protect the environment but also to confirm sustainable economy for smallholders while maintaining the local wisdom and cultures. By having collaboration among the governments, international scale – organizations, and local communities, the guidelines should be the important pillar to protect natural resources in Indonesia for the next generations. (P2)

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