Sustainable Palm Oil (SPO) Initiative
The SPO Initiative Approach
- Smallholders produce 40% of the country’s palm oil. Raising their productivity and improving the traceability and legality of their palm oil is vital to increasing the industry’s sustainability.
- The government is best placed to ensure long term and systemic changes beyond one single supply chain and to foster national deforestation-free commodity production.
- The private sector makes key contributions, particularly to smallholder productivity. With advanced technology allowing for production increases from intensification, the private sector is in the best position to make capital investments to improve supply chains and subsequently farmer livelihoods.
By pursuing private sector and government collaboration with other non-government actors, such as smallholders, INGOs, NGOs, certification bodies and industry associations, and bringing together existing efforts and projects under one coordination platform, the SPO Initiative aims to catalyse fundamental change in Indonesia’s palm oil sector.
The SPO Initiative Goals
National and international standards alignment
The SPO initiative aims to support the Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (SPO) standard to become globally recognised and promote promote synergies between ISPO and the Roundtablenon Sustainable Palm Oil.
A dynamic and operational Indonesian Palm Oil Platform
Transitioning the Indonesian palm oil industry towards sustainable practices requires fundamental mindset changes in policy and cooperation between stakeholders. The SPO Intiative will ensure that the platform, led by the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA), is an operational dynamic and practical forum.
Policy reform to reduce deforestation
The SPO Initiative works with the Ministry of Environtment and Forestry to protect High Conservation Value and High Carbon Stock land, to stregnthen enforcement of curent laws, to facilitate policy change, to accelerate land swaps and to enable companies to protect forested land within their concessions. With the MoA, the SPO Initiative supports independent smallholders to produce certified sustainable palm oil by strengthening their legal status (e.g. providing them with land titles) and by improving agricultural practices, which in turn diminish pressure on forest from small-scale encroachment.
The SPO Initiative supports Independent smallholders by strengthening government (national and local) and public-private partnership extension-systems. The initiative is also supporting key local and state interventions on issues such as land tenure, environmental management, credit access and infrastructure improvement. The goal is to integrate small holders into international supply chains in an equitable and sustainable manner.
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