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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.

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.

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.