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Conflict or Consent? The oil palm sector at a crossroads

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Growing global demand for palm oil is fuelling the large-scale expansion of oil palm plantations across Southeast Asia and Africa. Concerns about the environmental and social impacts of the conversion of vast tracts of land to monocrop plantations led in 2004 to the establishment of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), which encourages oil palm expansion in ways that do not destroy high conservation values or cause social conflict. Numerous international agencies have also called for reforms of national frameworks to secure communities’ rights and to develop sound land governance.

Konflik atau Mufakat? Sektor Kelapa Sawit di Persimpangan Jalan

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Meningkatnya permintaan global untuk minyak sawit tengah memacu ekspansi besar-besaran perkebunan kelapa sawit di Asia Tenggara dan Afrika. Kekhawatiran timbul atas dampak lingkungan dan sosial dari konversi lahan yang sangat luas untuk perkebunan monokultur menyebabkan pembentukan forum minyak sawit berkelanjutan (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil / RSPO) pada tahun 2004 yang mendorong ekspansi kelapa sawit dengan cara yang tidak merusak nilai-nilai konservasi yang tinggi atau menyebabkan konflik sosial. Berbagai lembaga internasional juga menyerukan reformasi kerangka kerja nasional untuk mengamankan hak-hak masyarakat dan tata kelola lahan yang baik.

New film produced by HuMa: Indonesia - Customary Forests after the Constitutional Court’s Ruling No.35

A new film by the community rights support NGO, HuMA, explains the Constitutional Court's ruling recognising that customary forests are not within State forests. While the historic ruling has opened a way towards justice for indigenous peoples to reclaim as much as 40 million hectares of their forests, the ruling still leaves it to the Government to first clarify who are indigenous peoples and where their territories actually are before the Forestry Ministry is obliged to reclassify their claimed areas as outside of State Forests.

Request for Further Consideration of the Situation of the Indigenous Peoples of Merauke, Papua Province, Indonesia, under the UN CERD's Urgent Action and Early Warning Procedures. 25 July 2013

The subject of this request is the extreme harm caused to indigenous Papuans by the Merauke Integrated Food and Energy Estate project (the MIFEE project), a State-initiated, agro-industrial mega-project implemented by a variety of corporate entities that, to-date, encompasses around 2.5 million hectares of traditional indigenous lands in Merauke. The affected indigenous peoples have already lost a considerable area of their lands due to acquisition by these companies and conversion to plantations of one kind or another. The irreparable harm they have already experienced continues to expand and intensify as more companies commence operations. 

Permohonan untuk Mempertimbangkan Lebih Lanjut mengenai Situasi Masyarakat Adat Merauke, Provinsi Papua, Indonesia, dalam Prosedur Aksi Mendesak dan Peringatan Dini dari Komisi Pemberantasan Diskriminasi Rasial. 25 Juli 2013

Subyek permohonan ini adalah kerusakan ekstrim yang ditimbulkan terhadap masyarakat adat Papua oleh proyek Merauke Integrated Food and Energy Estate (selanjutnya disebut “proyek MIFEE”), sebuah proyek agroindustri raksasa inisiatif Negara yang dijalankan oleh berbagai perusahaan, yang hingga saat ini mencakup tanah masyarakat adat Merauke seluas 2,5 juta hektare. Masyarakat adat yang terkena dampak proyek telah mengalami kehilangan tanah yang luas akibat pengambilalihan oleh perusahaan-perusahaan yang terlibat dan dikonversi menjadi perkebunan. Kerusakan permanen yang mereka alami terus meluas dan meningkat seiring dengan bertambahnya jumlah perusahaan yang mulai beroperasi.

The World Bank’s Palm Oil Policy

In 2011, the World Bank Group (WBG) adopted a Framework and Strategy for investment in the palm oil sector. The new approach was adopted on the instructions of former World Bank President Robert Zoellick, after a damning audit by International Finance Corporation’s (IFC) semi-independent Compliance Advisory Ombudsman (CAO) had shown that IFC staff were financing the palm oil giant, Wilmar, without due diligence and contrary to the IFC’s Performance Standards. Wilmar is the world’s largest palm oil trader, supplying no less than 45% of globally traded palm oil. The audit, carried out in response to a series of detailed complaints[1] from Forest Peoples Programme and partners, vindicated many of our concerns that Wilmar was expanding its operations in Indonesia in violation of legal requirements, Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) standards and IFC norms and procedures. Almost immediately after the audit was triggered, IFC divested itself of its numerous other palm oil investments in Southeast Asia.

Kebijakan Minyak Sawit Bank Dunia

Tahun 2011, Kelompok Bank Dunia [World Bank Group] mengesahkan satu Kerangka Kerja dan Strategi untuk investasi dalam sektor minyak sawit. Pendekatan baru ini disyahkan atas instruksi mantan Presiden Bank Dunia Robert Zoellick, setelah audit yang memalukan oleh badan semi independen Compliance Advisory Ombudsman (CAO) International Finance Corporation (IFC) yang menunjukan bahwa staf IFC mendanai raksasa minyak sawit, Wilmar, tanpa uji tuntas dan bertentangan Standar Kinerja IFC.

New briefing: Free, Prior and Informed Consent and the RSPO; Are the companies keeping their promises? Findings and recommendations from Southeast Asia and Africa

This briefing, launched on the occasion of the 10th Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RT10), draws together the key findings of fourteen studies on FPIC in RSPO member/certified plantations based on the RSPO Principles & Criteria (P&C) and related Indicators and Guidance, and makes recommendations for reforms in the way palm oil companies honour the principle of FPIC and respect customary rights to land.

Keputusan Bebas, Didahulukan dan Diinformasikan (Free, Prior and Informed Consent) dan Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil: Apakah perusahaan menepati janji-janji mereka?

Hak atas Keputusan Bebas, Didahulukan dan Diinformasikan (KBDD) dalan Prinsip dan Kriteria Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) menetapkan bagaimana kesepakatan yang adil antara masyarakat lokal dan perusahaan (dan pemerintah) dapat dikembangkan melalui cara yang menjamin dihormatinya hak-hak hukum dan hak-hak adat masyarakat adat dan pemegang hak-hak lokal lainnya.[1] Dari bulan Maret sampai Oktober 2012, bersamaan dengan Tinjaun Prinsip dan Kriteria RSPO,[2] Forest Peoples Programme dan mitra-mitra lokalnya[3] melakukan serangkaian penelitian independen atas KBDD di perkebunan-perkebunan kelapa sawit di Asia Tenggara dan Afrika. Tujuan dari penelitian-penelitian tersebut adalah untuk menyediakan informasi lapangan yang rinci tentang bagaimana dan apakah hak atas KBDD telah diterapkan oleh perusahaan, untuk menyingkap malpraktik yang dilakukan perusahaan kelapa sawit, dan untuk mendesak penguatan prosedur dan standar RSPO jika diperlukan.

Indonesia: controversial pulp and paper giant APP comes under scrutiny as it plans expansion but makes new promises

Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) is coming under intensifying scrutiny over its renewed promises to bring its giant mills and supply chains into compliance with best practice norms for sustainability and its new promises that it will respect the rights of local communities and indigenous peoples. Recently, Marcus Colchester, as Co-Chair of the High Conservation Values Resource Network and Director of FPP, and Patrick Anderson, FPP's Policy Advisor in Indonesia, met with APP's Head of Sustainability, Aida Greenbury, and her team of advisers and consultants, to clarify the company's commitments.