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FIGHTING FOR ECOLOGICAL JUSTICE

FIGHTING FOR ECOLOGICAL JUSTICE

Fighting for ecological justice

Category: Policy Brief

This document is an in-depth analysis collected and compiled by Kaoem Telapak as input in improving and developing the system on the non-compliance page on the SILK website......
It is undeniable that the palm oil industry plays a strategic role in the national economy. In 2020, Statistics Indonesia recorded that volume of palm oil product exported reached 34 million tonnes. In addition, the industry also provides jobs and livelihoods for millions of smallholder families. However, it needs to be understood that the various challenges faced by the industry is, among others, low levels of prosperity among smallholders, the numerous underdeveloped villages around plantations, the gap between central and local incomes, low tax payment, to ecological problems and the rampant social conflicts, which in turn reduces palm oil product.....
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.....
On the day Indonesia’s landmark moratorium on forest conversion was signed and celebrated in Jakarta, it was being actively broken in a crime-riddled Pilot Province.

This report by Telapak and our partner documents peat forest in Central Kalimantan’s moratorium zone being illegally razed by a palm oil firm.

The moratorium and Pilot Province are both cornerstones of Indonesia’s $1bn agreement with Norway on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+)......
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.....