A new oil palm plantation being developed in Indonesian Borneo (West Kalimantan) has relinquished community lands to which it had gained a government permit. The company PT Agro Wiratama, a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and subsidiary of the giant Musim Mas group, agreed to relinquish more than 1,000 hectares of its 9,000 hectare concession back to the community, following interventions by community representatives and NGOs. This is a breakthrough in the context of a pattern of development whereby millions of hectares of large-scale oil palm plantations have been established without consent on indigenous peoples’ land. Forest Peoples Programme spotted PT Agro Wiratama’s plans to open up this area on the RSPO website and alerted NGO partners in Borneo, who were able to work with the community and help them negotiate with the company and local government to get their lands recognised.
Left hand map: PT Agro Wiratama location permit map where Kuayan communities land [is] still inside company concessions. Total area of location permit is 9000 hectares.
Right hand map: PT Agro Wiratama cultivation permit (IUP) map where Kuayan communities land [is] enclaved (yellow area). The local government reduced company concessions into 6,880 hectares.