Fighting for ecological justice

Multi-stakeholder Discussion to Face EUDR Challenges

Written By: Sarah Megumi

Tebo, 14 May 2024 – Kaoem Telapak and Setara Jambi held a coordination meeting with the Regional Government of the Tebo Regency regarding the Regional Action Plan (RAD) for sustainable palm oil governance and EUDR with multi-stakeholders.

Palm oil is one of the leading commodities in Tebo Regency. In March 2023, Kaoem Telapak met with the Agency for Regional Development (Bappeda) of the Tebo Regency regarding efforts to strengthen sustainable palm oil governance.

The meeting is a collaborative work between Kaoem Telapak and Setara Jambi with the Regional Government of Tebo Regency. The Bappeda and Research Development of Tebo Regency supervised the implementation.

The meeting began by discussing the European Union’s Deforestation-Free Regulation (EUDR), and how Tebo Regency is prepared to face the implementation of the EUDR.

Hosted by the Director of the Setara Jambi Foundation, Nurbaya Zulhakim, Remarks from the Assistant Regional Secretary of Tebo Regency, Joko Ardiawan, opened the meeting. In his speech, Joko appreciated the intentions of partners who want to contribute to developing Tebo Regency, especially in the plantation sector.

The President of Kaoem Telapak, Mardi Minangsari, said we should see EUDR as an opportunity. The EUDR can help reduce deforestation and greenhouse gas emissions in Indonesia through its potential contribution to integrating sustainable palm oil trade initiatives into national climate change mitigation strategies.

“Improving the governance of the forest and agricultural industries will improve the reputation of Indonesian commodities so that they will be more competitive in the global market,” said Minang.

Minang continued, that multi-stakeholder involvement, starting from stakeholders, farmers, entrepreneurs, representatives of Indigenous Peoples, regional governments, and local civil society is pivotal to contributing and synergising in overseeing the management of palm oil and other agricultural products fairly and sustainably.

“Working with local governments, NGOs, CSOs and IPLCs to monitor and support sustainable practices in the palm oil sector. “Regulatory and policy support will strengthen efforts to prevent deforestation,” Minang suggested.


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