Low-emission palm oil development in Berau Regency, East Kalimantan
As of: January 2021
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.
State of implementation/results
- The project continues to support the East Kalimantan Estate Crops Office in drafting a Governor’s Decree on Identification and Management of High Conservation Value (HCV) inside the plantation in cooperation with the multi-stakeholder Forum for Sustainable Estate Crops Development.
- 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.
- Despite travel restriction under COVID-19, the adhoc team has been continuing to analyze the data gathered from identification and verification HCV areas in 10 oil palm plantations in Berau and drafted a report.
- 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.
- Since March 2020, the project is collaborating with three oil palm companies of the Tsani Hutani Abadi (THA) group in West Kutai/East Kalimantan to calculate their environmental liabilities for clearing forest areas without an HCV assessment. TNC is piloting a mitigation planning toolkit for this which is currently developed using the Development by Design Approach. Cooperation will continue with the development of a remediation and compensation plan, in which the project will support the implementation of the company's environmental liabilities.
- On 20 April 2020, the Bupati of Berau issued the decree No 287/2020 on the enactment of indicative maps for the protection of areas with high conservation value (HCV) and high carbon stocks (HCS) in areas designated for plantations covering area of 83,000 hectares. This decree will serve as a reference during the permit process issuance at the district level.