Challenges in Promoting the Production of Sustainable Palm Oil in Indonesia
Subject: Challenges, Indonesia, sustainable palm oil
The rapid growth of palm oil production in Indonesia was driven by the need to improve the livelihood of the large population of Indonesia.
The rapid growth of oil palm production in Indonesia was driven by the need to improve the livelihood of the large population of Indonesia. The expansion of oil palm plantations which covered Sumatra, Kalimantan (Borneo), Sulawesi and Papua resulted in undesired social and environmental impacts. In 1997 and 1998 when El Nino hit the Indonesian archipelago, dry conditions caused widespread wild fire and haze.
Triggered by the concerns over the environmental and social impacts, many stakeholders took an initiative to form RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil). Indonesian stakeholders lead by Indonesian Palm Oil Association (GAPKI) joined the initiative and made a series of effort to promote the production of sustainable palm oil.
Full text in The Planter published by The Incorporated Society of Planters, www.isp.org.my.
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