JP | Auditors’ findings weaken Indonesia’s defense of palm oil industry

JP | Auditors’ findings weaken Indonesia’s defense of palm oil industry

Senior BPK auditor Rizal Djalil did not elaborate on the discovery when talking to the media last Friday but revealed that almost all big plantation companies in Sumatra and Kalimantan were implicated in permits that were problematic with regard to the right to cultivation (HGU), overlapping concessions, concessions on protected forests or peatland and companies’ obligations to empower smallholders.

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Science | Reducing tropical deforestation

Science | Reducing tropical deforestation

Primary tropical forests continue to be lost at high rates, with disturbing consequences for biodiversity, climate change, and the rights and livelihoods of local communities. Improved spatial data and monitoring systems are enabling researchers to identify drivers of deforestation with increased geographical precision (1) and to assess the relative potential of various interventions to stem forest loss (2). International initiatives currently focus on halting the expansion of commercial agriculture for export markets, a driver of deforestation that emerged in the 1980s (3). Numerous corporations are trying to implement commitments to remove deforestation from their commodity supply chains. However, recent research shows that the drivers of deforestation are complex and can change rapidly. A range of policies customized to specific jurisdictions will be needed to address them effectively.

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Paia | Sustainable Palm Oil – Not an Oxymoron

Paia | Sustainable Palm Oil – Not an Oxymoron

While most express anger and demand reforms from the industrial plantation owners, many will be surprised to know that the palm oil industry is not dominated by large corporations. Small-scale rural farmers who are not linked to any companies, more widely known as ‘independent smallholders’, are responsible for about 40-50% of the global palm oil production [2]. For these independent smallholders, oil palm cultivation has provided an income, lifted millions of rural households out of poverty and reduced inequalities between urban and rural populations. Therefore, smallholder farmers are critical players and must be included in the sustainable and conflict-free palm oil narrative.

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No Common Ancestor?

No Common Ancestor?

We all evolved from the most majestic creatures and here we are destroying their habitat with the bullshit narrative of 26k paid followers Michelle, misguided Jane and #creepybartman the #weirdopaedodude your mum told you about! #strangerdanger

Yes, people really are this stupid:

2018 Palm Oil Industry Scorecard

2018 Palm Oil Industry Scorecard

The Palm Oil Transparency Coalition (POTC) is formed of companies working together to remove deforestation and exploitation from their palm oil supply chains in a non-competitive forum. In 2017 we launched our first collective assessment process with 3Keel to understand how the palm oil producers and traders in our supply chains are progressing and moving towards zero deforestation and exploitation oil palm production. Our initial assessment concluded that there were varying levels of performance amongst the importers assessed, however the policies of the companies were largely consistent with the definition of zero deforestation as agreed by the Consumer Goods Forum.

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