Low-emission palm oil development in Berau Regency, East Kalimantan
As of: June 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 annual workshop on Sustainable Estate Crops held by East Kalimantan Provincial Estate Crops Office and hosted by Berau District Estate Crops Office from 22-26 January 2019. Theme of the workshop was Challenges and Strategies to Mitigate Greenhuse Gas Emissions in the Estate Crops Sector. The Director of Estate Crops Safeguards, Ministry of Agriculture presented current regulation on the management of peatland in plantation areas. TNC presented the importance of managing and monitoring high conservation value areas inside oil palm plantations.-- The project supported East Kalimantan Estate Crops Office in conducting a technical workshop to facilitate calculation and stipulation of high conservation value (HCV) area within allocated area for estate crops, using a Development by Design approach on April 9 -10, 2019
- Governor Decree No. 525/K.271/2019 on the official appointment of management and members of the sustainable estate crops forum of East Kalimantan was issued on April 15, 2019. The project has supported the establishment of the forum since 2016.
- In cooperation with the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and East Kalimantan Estate Crops Office, the project conducted a Workshop on the Potential of the RSPO Remediation and Compensation Scheme Implementation using Compensation Support Facilities for the Conservation Program in East Kalimantan on July 17, 2019 in Samarinda. During the workshop, TNC introduced the Compensation Support Facility and an online compensation tool which can be used by oil palm companies that want to compensate their liabilities in East Kalimantan.
- A technical workshop on the use of estate crops online reporting system was organized by East Kalimantan Estate Crops Office and supported by the project on July 25, 2019 in Samarinda. The workshop was initiated and funded by Estate Crops Office and technical support was provided by the project. The participants include staffs from oil palm plantation responsible for reporting.