Low-emission palm oil development in Berau Regency, East Kalimantan
As of: October 2020
Objective and activities
Berau Regency lies in the province of East Kalimantan in the Indonesian part of Borneo – and 75% of the regency’s total area is still forested. However, part of the 1.6 million hectares of forest has now been approved for agricultural use. If these areas are converted into palm oil plantations, an additional 60 million tonnes of greenhouse gases could be produced. The project works together with government institutions, representatives of the private sector industry and civil society to develop a sustainable palm oil programme at regency level and implement it as a model. This demonstrates the feasibility of large-scale sustainable cultivation. The project thus improves knowledge and resources in the regency government. The project results will serve as a model for other regencies and provinces, and as part of the regency-wide forest carbon storage programme, they will make a substantial contribution to the national and sub-national low-emission development strategy.
Low-emissions oil palm development in Berau District, East Kalimantan
State of implementation/results
- The project supported the East Kalimantan Provincial Estate Crops Office in drafting a Governor’s Decree on identification and management of high conservation value (HCV) area inside plantations. From October 2019 to February 2020, five Focus Group Discussions (FGD) were supported to finalize the draft Decree.
- Decree No. 595/2019 on the Appointment of Members of the Berau District Sustainable Estate Crops Communication Forum 2019 – 2022 was signed on October 18, 2019.
- The project supported the East Kalimantan Provincial Estate Crops Office and the Berau District Estate Crops Office to participate in the 17th Annual meeting oft he Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) in Bangkok from 3–6 November 2019.
- A training on the identification and management of HCV areas in plantations was supported by TNC in cooperation with the FCPF Carbon Fund from 10-16 November 2019 in Balikpapan. The participants include government officials from ten districts of East Kalimantan.
- A training for local facilitators of sustainable palm oil smallholders was supported by TNC from 9-13 December 2019. The participants include government officials from the Estate Crops Office and local smallholders.
- Decree No 525/39/Disbun on the establishment of an adhoc team for inventory and verification of the HCV area in Berau district was issued on January 14, 2020 by the Head of the Berau District Estate Crops Office. The adhoc team consists of government officials, TNC and local consultants. Thus far, the team has worked to identify and verify HCV areas in ten oil palm plantations in Berau.
- A local regulation on sustainable estate crops development at Berau district level (Kabupaten Berau No 3/2020) was enacted on 30 January, 2020. TNC supported the draft process of this local regulation.
- In cooperation with GIZ, the project conducted a workshop on the development of a web-based geographic information system (pratinjau.beraukab.go.id) from 3-7 February 2020. The application will assist government agencies to issue permits related to land use.
- On 24 February 2020 a Letter of Intent was signed between TNC and Tsani Hutani Abadi (THA) Group to cooperate in a partnership for palm oil sustainability development in THA area. TNC will introduce and pilot a mitigation planning toolkit which was developed using the Development by Design Approach.
- The project supported the annual workshop on Sustainable Estate Crops held by East Kalimantan Provincial Estate Crops Office and hosted by Kutai Kartanegara District Estate Crops Office from 10-13 March 2020. Theme of the workshop was Realizing Sustainable Smallholder Palm Oil Development.
- In October 2019, CPI started a study on sustainability-based fiscal incentives. The Secretary of the Village and Community Empowerment Office is interested in approaches on sustainability-based fiscal incentives for villages and advised CPI to take into account the SIGAP initiative (village level development planning approach supported by TNC) in the process of developing Sustainable Village Index (SVI).
- CPI completed two studies: 1) Towards a More Diverse Economy in Berau: Bringing Sustainable Finance to Oil Palm Smallholders; 2) Fiscal Transfers to Incentivize Sustainable Villages in Berau