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Analysis by Kaoem Telapak and our partner EIA reveal Indonesia is not set to fundamentally improve its palm oil standards.

The revision of the Indonesia Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) certification scheme, ongoing since 2016, had been seen a key chance for the country to improve the sustainability of its palm oil sector and address the negative environmental and social impacts of the industry. Indonesia has 16.38 million hectares of oil palm plantations – the largest of any country in the world.

But analysis of the new draft ISPO standards and regulations show the proposed revisions do not make significant changes and do.....
The world’s governments have committed to acting to halt illegal logging and the international trade in stolen wood. The UK, EU and China have made specific commitments in relation to imports of timber from Indonesia.

Listings on CITES are currently the only legal mechanism by which importing countries can halt shipments of illegally sourced wood, and the listing of ramin (Gonystylus spp.) has shown that CITES Appendix III listings of timber species can be an effective tool in tackling the trade in stolen timber and wood products.

The UK and EU have recognised the value of Appendix III listings and have already.....

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