SPKS: Sustainable Palm Oil Should be a Global Commodity

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Chairman of SPKS, Sabarudin said, the members of SPKS members are always encouraged to apply sustainable and best practices in developing their plantations. Photo by: Special

InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA – Serikat Petani Kelapa Sawit (SPKS) and other civil organizations encouraged sustainable commodity as the option for many consumers. Sustainable palm oil as part of many commodities, was produced in free deforestation or forest damages.

It would be significant to conserve the nature and forest sustainability around palm oil plantations, as part of the best and sustainable practices that SPKS always told. In facts, smallholders’ palm oil plantations are sustainably cultivated by maintaining social wisdom and conserving the environment around.

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“The members of SPKS are always encouraged to implement sustainable and best practices when developing theirs,” Chairman of SPKS, Sabarudin said, as in the official statement to InfoSAWIT, Tuesday (25/6/2024).

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Though there are minors, every member of SPKS is fully committed to develop sustainable palm oil. Free deforestation guidelines would be part of it because the members of SPKS also actively encourage to accelerate Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) certification process which is mandatory for smallholders in Indonesia.

“The smallholders are always blamed for deforestation in Indonesia and be put out of the trade. But our collaboration with smallholders proved that they would do free deforestation practices. We hope by the guidelines, the smallholders would get fairer access in the trade globally. They would help the government to realize its commitment to minimize deforestation,” he said.

SPKS also supported the government to reinforce the smallholders’ partnership, organized them, improve infrastructures, and improve sustainable cultivation practices. Of course, SPKS as the smallholders’ organization would actively involve with its members to conserve the nature and get social welfare for the surroundings.

“SPKS takes every actor in palm oil plantations to always conserve the nature around and maintain the forest sustainability for the next generations,” Sabarudin said.

For information, free deforestation guidelines have been launched. It would be the collaboration among High Carbon Stock Approach (HCSA), SPKS, Yayasan Petani Pelindung Hutan (4F), Greenpeace, and High Conservation Value Network (HCVN).

The toolkits for smallholders in Indonesia have been developed together for more than six years. It covered the field test together with smallholders in West Kalimantan Province for four years to confirm that the guidelines would be simple and easily adapted for the local communities. (T1)

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