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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.

Conflict or Consent? The oil palm sector at a crossroads

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La creciente demanda mundial de aceite de palma está avivando la expansión a gran escala de plantaciones de palma de aceite por todo el sudeste de Asia y por África. La preocupación por las consecuencias ambientales y sociales de la conversión de vastas extensiones de tierra en plantaciones de monocultivo condujo al establecimiento en 2004 de la Mesa Redonda sobre el Aceite de Palma Sostenible (RSPO por sus siglas en inglés), la cual fomenta la expansión de la palma de aceite de maneras que no destruyan altos valores de conservación ni causen conflictos sociales. Numerosas agencias internacionales también han pedido reformas de los marcos nacionales para asegurar los derechos de las comunidades y establecer una gobernanza de la tierra buena y responsable.

Conflict or Consent? The oil palm sector at a crossroads

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La croissance de la demande mondiale en huile de palme favorise l’expansion à grande échelle des plantations de palmiers à huile en Asie du Sud-Est et en Afrique.  Les préoccupations concernant les impacts environnementaux et sociaux de la conversion de vastes étendues de terre en plantations de monocultures ont motivé la mise en place, en 2004, de la Table ronde pour la production durable de l’huile de palme (RSPO), qui encourage l’expansion de la production de palmiers à huile sans que celle-ci entraîne la destruction de hautes valeurs de conservation ni des conflits sociaux.  De nombreux organismes internationaux ont également réclamé la réforme des cadres nationaux afin de sauvegarder les droits des communautés et d’établir une bonne gouvernance foncière.

Press Release - Sustainable Palm Oil: Marketing Ploy or True Commitment? New Research Questions Effectiveness of RSPO Standards

MEDAN, INDONESIA (7 November, 2013)—Members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) are violating the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities in the forests and peatlands of tropical nations worldwide, according to a new research publication released today. The study details the performance of 16 oil palm operations, many run by RSPO members, reporting on their failure to uphold human rights and environmental standards required.

Video: Rethinking Foreign Direct Investments in Agriculture in South East Asia

This video, produced by the UNDP-UNEP Poverty-Environment Initiative (PEI), includes interviews with individuals from various NGOs, including FPP and Sawit Watch, during the Public Forum on Inclusive, Sustainable Foreign Direct Investments in Agriculture in South East Asia which took place in Bangkok in March 2013.

Updated Press Release: Bali Declaration acclaimed at Agribusiness and Human Rights in Southeast Asia Workshop

The international meeting of South East Asian Regional Human Rights Commissions on ‘Human Rights and Business: Plural Legal Approaches to Conflict Resolution, Institutional Strengthening and Legal Reform’ hosted by the Indonesian National Human Rights Commission (KOMNASHAM), in conjunction with Sawit Watch and Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) was held in Bali, Indonesia, from 28th November to 1st December 2011.

Press Release: Agribusiness and Human Rights in Southeast Asia Workshop brings together Human Rights Commissioners, indigenous peoples’ representatives, academics and NGOs from across the world. November 2011

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A landmark workshop, “Human Rights and Business: Plural Legal Approaches to Conflict Resolution, Institutional Strengthening and Legal Reform”, is taking place at the Santika Hotel, Kuta, Bali, from today until 1 December 2011, convened by the Indonesian National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) and supporting NGOs SawitWatch and Forest Peoples Programme. The event will be attended by over 60 participants, from the National Human Rights Commissions of the Southeast Asian region, the ASEAN Intergovernmental Human Rights Commission, notable academics, representatives of indigenous peoples, as well as members of supportive national and international NGOs.

Nur Kholis, Deputy Chairperson of the Indonesian National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM), said,

“We are taking this initiative in collaboration with the other human rights commissioners of South East Asia as a way of ensuring a more balanced approach to development based on respect for peoples’ rights, with an emphasis on the need to secure livelihoods and the right to food.”

Press Release: Palm Oil Need Not Harm Environment or Local Communities, says New Study. 21 November 2011

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The exponential growth in the palm oil sector, which accounts for a third of the total global trade of 130 million tons of vegetable oil annually, is strongly challenged by indigenous peoples and civil society organisations.  Indiscriminate land clearing and acquisition for oil palm plantations is resulting in rapid habitat loss, species extinctions and alarming greenhouse gas emissions. It has also led to the dispossession of both indigenous peoples and the rural poor who depend traditionally on forest habitats for their survival.

Oil Palm Expansion in South East Asia: Trends and implications for local communities and indigenous peoples

This insightful study by Forest Peoples Programme, SawitWatch, Samdhana Institute and the Center for People and Forests (RECOFTC) documents in detail, and for the first time, the way oil palm plantations are now expanding in very different ways across South East Asia as a whole. The study complements better known experiences in Malaysia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea with new case studies of the processes of oil palm expansion in Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and the Philippines. 

Press Release: Precedent-setting land deal in palm oil expansion zone in Borneo. 21 March 2011

 

PONTIANAK - 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.

New World Bank palm oil strategy under scrutiny

In January the World Bank and its private sector arm, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), released a substantially revised draft of their framework and strategy for engagement in the palm oil sector. The text, circulated for 30 days of public comment, is due to be submitted for approval - after revisions based on any comments received - to the President and Board of Directors in March or April 2011. If the text is approved, the World Bank will then end the worldwide funding moratorium for palm oil projects that it agreed to in 2009 after an internal audit (carried out in response to FPP and partners’ complaints) revealed major violations of due diligence and serious social and environmental impacts.

Nueva estrategia del Banco Mundial sobre el aceite de palma bajo escrutinio

En enero el Banco Mundial y su brazo para el sector privado, la Corporación Financiera Internacional (IFC por sus siglas en inglés), elaboraron un borrador del nuevo marco estratégico para su participación en el sector del aceite de palma modificando considerablemente la versión anterior. Después de divulgarlo para someterlo a la opinión pública durante 30 días y de modificarlo en función de los comentarios recibidos, el borrador va a ser sometido a la aprobación del Presidente y la Junta de Directores en marzo o abril de 2011. Si el texto es aprobado, el Banco Mundial pondrá fin a la moratoria mundial de financiación de proyectos relacionados con el aceite de palma que acordó en 2009 después de que una auditoría interna (realizada en respuesta a quejas del FPP y sus socios) revelara graves incumplimientos de su diligencia debida y graves impactos sociales y ambientales. 

La stratégie de la Banque mondiale en matière d'huile de palme est sous surveillance

Au mois de janvier, la Banque mondiale et sa branche pour le secteur privé, la Société financière internationale (SFI), ont publié une nouvelle version, en grande partie modifiée, de leur projet de cadre et de stratégie pour l’engagement dans le secteur de l’huile de palme. Le texte, qui a été diffusé pendant 30 jours afin de recevoir les commentaires du public, sera soumis pour approbation, après des révisions effectuées sur la base de ces commentaires, au Président et au Conseil d’administration en mars ou avril 2011. Si le texte est approuvé, la Banque mondiale mettra ensuite un terme au moratoire mondial sur le financement des projets du secteur de l'huile de palme convenu en 2009 après qu’un audit interne (mené en réponse à des plaintes du FPP et de ses partenaires) a révélé des violations flagrantes de la diligence requise et de graves impacts sociaux et environnementaux.

Palm Oil, Human Rights and the World Bank - Update

Since the 1980s, the World Bank Group has invested more than US$2 billion to promote the global trade in palm oil. The expansion of the crop in intensive mono-cultures, especially in Southeast Asia, has been associated with the extensive clearance of tropical forests, land grabbing and widespread human rights abuses. In response to our complaints, the World Bank Group froze funding for the sector worldwide while it came up with a comprehensive strategy for engagement. A first draft document was released in July for comments. It has failed to address the main issues raised in the consultation, therefore Forest Peoples Programme and its partners have again appealed to the World Bank President for a rethink. 

El aceite de palma, los derechos humanos y el Banco Mundial – Avance informativo

Desde la pasada década de los 80 el Grupo del Banco Mundial ha invertido más de 2000 millones de USD en promover el comercio mundial del aceite de palma. La expansión de esta especie en monocultivos intensivos, especialmente en el sudeste de Asia, lleva asociado el desmonte extensivo de bosques tropicales, la usurpación de tierras y abusos generalizados de los derechos humanos. En respuesta a nuestras quejas, el Grupo del Banco Mundial congeló la financiación para el sector en todo el mundo mientras ideaba una estrategia exhaustiva de participación. En julio publicó un primer borrador para que fuese comentado. En dicho documento no se abordan las principales cuestiones planteadas durante la consulta, por lo que el Forest Peoples Programme (Programa para los Pueblos de los Bosques) y sus socios han vuelto a apelar al Grupo del Banco Mundial para que lo reconsidere. 

Huile de palme, droits humains et Banque mondiale – Actualité

Depuis les années 1980, le Groupe de la Banque mondiale a investi plus de 2 milliards de dollars US dans la promotion du commerce mondial de l’huile de palme. Le développement de cette culture en monocultures intensives, notamment en Asie du sud-est, a été associé au défrichement à grande échelle des forêts tropicales, à l’accaparement des terres et à la violation généralisée des droits humains. En réponse à nos plaintes, le Groupe de la Banque mondiale a gelé le financement de ce secteur à travers le monde pendant qu’il élaborait une stratégie globale d’engagement. Un premier projet a été soumis à des commentaires en juillet. Puisqu’il n’abordait pas les problèmes principaux soulevés lors des consultations, le Forest Peoples Programme et ses partenaires ont encore une fois lancé un appel au Président de la Banque mondiale afin que cette stratégie soit revue.