RSPO and Sustainability (1): Environmental Conservation
Source: The Planter. Vol.85, No.1001, August 2009 | Author: Gan, Lian Tiong
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Intro:

This is the first of the four series of short articles on the definition of sustainable production of palm oil based on the principles and criteria of Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO P&C).


Abstract:

This is the first of the four series of short articles on the definition of sustainable production of palm oil based on the principles and criteria of Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO P&C). The objective is to provide a better understanding of the requirements prescribed in the RSPO standards in the production of sustainable palm oil. It is hoped that more oil palm plantations and mills can come on board the RSPO certification system and prove their commitment to sustainable development to the critics. This short article on Environment Conservation summarises the requirements described in the environmental criteria in Principle 5 of the P&C and the guidance in Principles 2, 4, 7 and 8 (http://www.rspo.org).

The environmental criteria in the P&C requires growers and millers to regularly monitor and review their activities and develop and implement action plans that allow demonstrable continuous improvement in the environmental management. It is a requirement that growers identify any aspects of plantation and mill management that have environmental impacts on environmental components for which the functions must be maintained, safeguarded and preserved.

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